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.

Keeping our overhead costs low means more of your contribution directly impacts our wilderness protection campaigns!

% of funds stay in California

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, mitigation against the effects of climate change, 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.

Our Board of Directors

Board Member
Keith Hammond
Treasurer
Don Morrill
Board Member
Nicole Johnson
Board Member
Hall Newbegin
Board Member
Jessica Loya

Our Staff

Assistant Policy Director
Linda Castro
Senior Special Advisor
Doug Linney
Development & Communications
Dup Crosson
Executive Director
Chris Morrill
Wild Rivers Director
Steve Evans
Conservation Director, Central Coast
Matt Sayles
Senior Policy Director
Ryan Henson
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