Environmental and Conservation Organizations


Here is a list of organizations and associations dedicated to protecting the places we love to go hiking and backpacking. Edward Abbey wisely said: "Wilderness needs no defense, only more defenders." The US is losing 3 million acres of land to development every year... so why not get involved in your community to help protect and preserve our natural areas?

Environmental and Conservation Organizations

  • Natural Resources Defense Council
    Environmental action organization that works on saving our wild places, wildlife, getting toxic chemicals out of our environment, etc.

  • Nature Conservancy
    Works around the world to protect our ecologically important lands and waters.

  • National Parks And Conservation Association
    Association that advocates for national parks and who works to enforce laws that protect our parks as well as supporting new regulations to address the threats to our parks. They also fight attempts to weaken laws affecting parks.

  • Sierra Club
    Grassroots environmental organization works on issues ranging from Wilderness areas to climate change.

Wilderness Conservation Organizations

  • Campaign for America's Wilderness
    This group protects our remaining wild lands in the US to help ensure an enduring legacy of wilderness. Has Action Alerts. Get Involved!

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  • Wilderness Society
    Organization that works to protect America's wilderness. Keep up to date on current Wilderness issues and campaigns. Free Wilderness action alert e-mail newsletter. Get Involved!

  • Wilderness Watch
    Organization dedicated to the protection and proper stewardship of Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Has Action Alerts. Get Involved!

Go back to Outdoor Recreation Organizations for a list of trail organizations and associations and public land managers.

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