About Us

We are California.

We focus exclusively on preserving wild places in California.

We are credible.

All of our proposals are based on data, mapping, science and local buy-in.

We are grassroots.

We build grassroots coalitions to support federal legislation that benefits California.

We are local.

We work locally to build consensus among often competing stakeholders.

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California Wilderness Coalition

Natural ecosystems that keep California’s air and water clean and allow our economy to thrive are threatened by climate change, development and over use. They need space and protection. When we preserve wild spaces and rivers, we preserve the health of our planet, our economy and our own health.

The California Wilderness Coalition (CalWild) protects and restores the state’s wildest natural landscapes and watersheds on public lands. These important wild places provide clean air and water, refuges for wildlife, and outstanding opportunities for recreation and spiritual renewal for people. CalWild is the only statewide organization dedicated solely to protecting and restoring the wild places and native biodiversity of California’s public lands.

How CalWild Works

We are grassroots organizers. We work with local communities to identify wild places that need protection, and then we build coalitions to support permanent protection for forests, mountains, rivers, deserts and other natural areas. Ultimately, we convince Congress to designate existing federal lands as wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers or national monuments so they can be preserved forever.

Why is our work important?

Our natural ecosystems that keep California’s air and water clean and allow our economy to thrive are threatened by climate change, development and over use. They need space and protection. When we preserve wild spaces we preserve the health of our planet, our economy and our own health.

How do we do protect and restore California’s wild places?

We are grassroots organizers. We work with local communities to identify wild places that need protection, and then we build coalitions to support permanent protection for forests, mountains, rivers, deserts and other natural areas. Ultimately, we convince Congress to designate existing federal lands as wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers or national monuments so they can be preserved forever.

Our Board of Directors

Our Staff

Linda Castro
Southern California Organizer
Linda Castro
Doug Linney
Executive Director
Doug Linney
Dup Crosson
Development & Communications
Dup Crosson
Chris Morrill
Communications Director
Chris Morrill
Steve Evans
Wild Rivers Director
Steve Evans
Matt Sayles
Conservation Director, Central Coast
Matt Sayles
Ryan Henson
Senior Policy Director
Ryan Henson
Alison Sterling
Northwest Organizer
Alison Sterling