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Founded 75 years ago, The Wilderness Society is the country’s premier public lands conservation organization. Our mission is straightforward: to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Backed by more than 500,000 active members and supporters, we protect the 635 million acres that belong to all Americans: national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, and the lands overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. We pursue this mission with a potent combination of economic and scientific analysis, coalition building, advocacy, and public education. As Theodore Roosevelt put it: “The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.”

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Your Wilderness Forever

Sample collections from wild places have led us to organisms that helped produce new antibiotics, enzymes for medical and green production methods, and more. So wilderness not only revives us as humans, but may help us survive as a world population.

There is no better way to forget the problems of the world than by going birding and wildlife viewing in the Everglades. You can absorb nature and all of its beautiful sights and sounds.

Rebecca W. Mahurin, Ph.D. Bozeman, Montana

Larry Manfredi Homestead, Florida

Wilderness is the foundation for businesses like my river rafting company. I serve people who want to simplify their lives with vacations in the wilderness: no cell phones, lots of time around a fire at night, clear water, and a sky full of bright stars. Brad Niva Grants Pass, Oregon

I’ll never forget the way I felt when I was out hiking the Appalachian Trail with my friends and reaching milestones along the way. With more opportunities for people to explore wilderness, many others will grow to love it as much as I have. Roger Osorio Yonkers, New York

As I battled cancer, I would escape, in times of pain, to the wilderness—hiking in the Rockies or kayaking in Alaska, seeing bear, salmon, and seals. Memories of these trips helped motivate me to get well, and I have been cancer-free for 18 years. Katie Gibson Bozeman, Montana

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The Wilderness Society has closed the books on another impressive year—our 75th—protecting America’s wilderness. At a time of economic and political uncertainty, we charted a course to preserve more wild places, make the land whole again, and reconnect people with nature. This report highlights our progress on all these fronts and describes how our blend of science, public policy advocacy, communications, and coalition-building is a powerful force for change. In Montana we shepherded a huge restoration project (page 12), winning a competition for funding and jumpstarting the process to reclaim a degraded national forest while creating local jobs. Thanks to us and our partners, natural treasures in Alaska and the Rockies are safe for now from becoming massive oil and gas fields. And people who love to play in wild areas across the West are better off because we helped ensure off-road vehicles will be allowed only in appropriate places, protecting the right to experience the sounds and sights of nature, unimpaired.

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Reclaiming the Outdoors A message from the chair & the president

More wilderness acreage is also in the pipeline, due to the staff experts who have laid the foundation for designations in 16 states (page 8). Meanwhile, our “site it right” campaign is getting renewable energy production on the public lands off to a good start by guiding solar panels and wind turbines to suitable spots.

The year brought challenges, too. A new dynamic on Capitol Hill could lead to drastic cuts to conservation programs along with new threats to wildlands like the Arctic Refuge, which our community has safeguarded for decades. To win, we are enlarging our constituency while building bridges to people from a multiplicity of backgrounds, who will stand with us to protect our wilderness legacy (page 16). As you read this annual report, we hope you will recognize the important role you have played in our success. We thank you for your support and look forward to another great year together.

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William H. Meadows, president

Doug Walker, chair

We are committed to protecting the public lands, including Ross Lake National Recreation Area in Washington state (right). © Holly Werran, courtesy of REI

This work is about people, so teaming up with the Obama administration on its America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative was a highlight of our year. When we called on Wilderness Society members and friends to attend some of the 51 listening sessions held nationwide, they responded and helped shape the recommendations in the final report. Framed as a renewed approach to conservation by President Obama, AGO shares many of our goals. It calls for connecting people— especially the younger generation—to those special places where families like to camp, fish, and hike, and, as a vital component of that, preserving the landscapes we cherish.

The Wilderness Society speaks for the wilderness, and for the people, communities, wild animals and plants that depend on wilderness for survival.

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Pamela A. Miller, Northern Alaska Environmental Center

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The Wilderness Society has provided a half century of leadership in protecting the Arctic Refuge.

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Saving Alaska’s Unique Natural Treasures

Lydia Olympic Anchorage

Lydia Olympic, our tribal advocate since 2006, is a Yupik/Sugpiaq from Igiugig, a village of 50 located off the road system 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. She educates tribes and federal officials about the proposed Pebble Mine, which threatens fish vital to Igiugig, and related issues. A former president of her village council, Olympic became such a fervent opponent of the mine that she became known as “the Pebble Rebel with a Cause.” She attended the University of Alaska and has represented tribal interests in various capacities, including as vice-chairman of EPA’s National Tribal Operations Committee, where Olympic helped identify the high cancer rate among indigenous peoples and created a budget for clean air and water in Indian country.

Lois Epstein, who oversees our work in the Arctic, was at the table in May 2010 as a federal task force hammered out policy recommendations for the president in response to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. A licensed engineer for more than 20 years with extensive experience in oil and gas policy, she helped make the case for tougher standards and other improvements. After working in Alaska for a decade, Epstein is attuned to the added challenges of drilling there. “When you’re drilling in water supporting unique marine resources with ice hazards and slower recovery from spills, the risks and stakes are even higher than in the Gulf of Mexico,” she says.

Successful efforts to prevent ill-conceived drilling will improve prospects for these caribou calves in the Arctic Refuge (left) and other wildlife in Alaska.

An immediate concern for conservationists was Shell’s plans to drill off the coast of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and in the Chukchi Sea, farther west. Our WildAlert system generated tens of thousands of letters highlighting the threats. There will be no offshore drilling there in 2011, and, as we advocated, the federal government is undertaking more thorough decisionmaking processes for drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

To the west, we helped convince the Obama administration to protect important caribou and waterfowl habitat south of world-renowned Teshekpuk Lake. Plans had called for leasing this area to the oil industry. Our WildAlert members sent the Interior Department 50,000 letters urging that this special place be left alone. Farther south, the headwaters of Bristol Bay, one of the planet’s most productive wild salmon fisheries, are threatened by what would be the world’s largest open-pit gold and copper mine. Lydia Olympic is leading our effort and is building strong public opposition. In response, EPA decided to conduct a watershed analysis to determine the mine’s potential impacts.

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Effective advocacy, supported by the 444S Foundation and others, also helped fend off continuing efforts in Congress to allow drilling in the biological heart of the Arctic Refuge. “Big Oil has been pouring money into this for a quarter century, but the coastal plain remains the breeding ground for caribou, grizzlies, and millions of birds,” notes Nicole Whittington-Evans, who directs our ten-person staff in Alaska. “The Wilderness Society has provided a half century of leadership in protecting the Arctic Refuge,” says Pamela A. Miller of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

Finally, in the spectacular Tongass National Forest, our decades-long effort to protect towering hemlock and Sitka spruce, with support from the Wilburforce Foundation, is resulting in a transition toward restoration and the logging of younger trees rather than old-growth. Annual Report 2010 I 7

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Jeremy Garncarz directs our Wilderness Support Center, established in 1998 to work alongside grassroots advocates and other partners to develop and pass legislation that permanently protects deserving public lands. He came to us in 2004 from the Friends of Nevada Wilderness after playing a major role in the successful campaign to designate 452,000 acres of wilderness in Clark County. An avid fly fisherman, Garncarz earned both a B.S. and M.S. from Illinois State University. “I liken his leadership style to a great point guard,” says John Wallin of the Conservation Lands Foundation. “He knows how important it is for everyone to have the ball in their hands, but he also knows how to score when his team needs a bucket.”

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The Clearwater Basin in north-central Idaho looks much as it did two centuries ago when Lewis and Clark traveled through. There are deep forests, tall mountains, and clear streams rich in salmon and bull trout. It is home to wolves, cougars, and Canada lynx. “There are more than a million acres of contiguous wilderness,” says Bills that would protect Brad Brooks of our Idaho staff. “It’s one of the largest unprotected wilderness in numerous roadless areas left in the Lower 48.” He is working with a broad spectrum of Idahoans to draft a wilderness proposal for Congress states made significant to consider.

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“Brad Brooks has changed the image of environmental organizations within the region,” says Joyce Dearstyne, executive director of Framing Our Community, a grassroots nonprofit committed to building a sustainable and diverse economy in the Inland Northwest. “Through Brad, The Wilderness Society comes to the Clearwater Basin Collaborative table with an open and creative mind in addressing rural community issues, without losing sight of its own principles.” Such partnerships are our stock in trade, from coastal Maine to the mountains and deserts of Southern California. “In a lot of places there is deep suspicion of efforts to protect wilderness,” notes Jeremy Garncarz, who directs our Wilderness Support Center in Durango, Colorado. “Our people spend a lot of time explaining the health and economic benefits of protecting land.” Over the past year we have made significant progress building support for bills that would designate wilderness in Colorado, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, West Virginia, and elsewhere. “We are pleased that both Democrats and Republicans are introducing bills,” says Paul Spitler, who oversees our wilderness efforts in Congress. “With supporters as diverse as Senator Boxer and Congressman Issa, we have shown that wilderness is a bipartisan issue.” Already in the 112th Congress, Republican lawmakers have introduced bills for California, Idaho, Washington, and Tennessee. Congress does not call all the wilderness shots. In December 2010 Interior Secretary Ken Salazar took a step we have been advocating for years: He overturned a 2003 decision that undercut the Bureau of Land Management’s long-established authority to protect western wildlands. We organized business owners, county commissioners, sportsmen, and others who want these special places saved from drilling and other development. “At stake,” says Nada Culver, an attorney in our Denver office, “are millions and millions of acres. This is likely to be a protracted struggle, but one that will ultimately result in permanent protection for many of these majestic landscapes.”

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Jeremy GarnCarz Durango, Colorado

Building Broad Support for Wilderness

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The Wilderness Society‌ played a vital role in pulling together all the strands that carried the day.

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Wes McStay, local rancher

Colorado’s Vermillion Basin (left) is one of the special places no longer facing industrialization.

“That was unacceptable,” says Suzanne Jones, our Colorado director. She and others began to build the case against leasing. Our GIS team’s research, powered by software donated by ESRI, revealed that Vermillion Basin contains only enough technically recoverable natural gas to supply U.S. energy needs for about 10 days, and its oil demand for less than 20 minutes. That work also documented the harm that resulting land fragmentation would do to wildlife. Our economists marshaled evidence that the area’s tourism and recreation allure would produce more of a long-term payoff for the region’s economy than drilling. Finally, in June 2010, came the outcome we wanted: the BLM would drop the leasing proposal. We celebrated with many partners instrumental in the victory, including the Friends of Northwest Colorado and the Colorado Environmental Coalition. “The Wilderness Society, led by Suzanne Jones and Soren Jespersen, played a vital role in pulling together all the strands that carried the day,” says Wes McStay, a local rancher who was a valuable ally.

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The Vermillion Basin achievement was emblematic of our efforts to restore balance to a federal oil and gas program that had put too many of our natural treasures in jeopardy. The Obama administration has adopted policies advocated by The Wilderness Society that allow fuller consideration of industrialization’s potential damage to public lands and wildlife. Among the other places where our work is paying off are southern Utah’s canyonlands, the Wyoming Range, the Rocky Mountain Front, New Mexico’s Otero Mesa, and Alaska. “As an alternative to fossil fuel extraction, we are working closely with the Interior Department and our partners to find the most sensible public lands for construction of solar and wind energy plants,” says Pam Eaton, a 23-year Wilderness Society veteran heading our renewable energy team. “Building facilities in certain places would exact too heavy an ecological toll, so we are helping identify more appropriate areas.” Our “In the Zone” report, widely covered by the media, analyzed five western zones proposed by the BLM for solar plant construction, and we are determined to continue playing a constructive role in decisions that will have enormous long-term impacts.

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Vermillion Basin is home to crimson bluffs, fossil beds, meandering canyons, stunning silence, long vistas, pronghorns, and golden eagles. Years ago conservationists urged that it be designated a wilderness area. Yet in 2000 the U.S. Bureau of Land Management proposed that this special piece of northwestern Colorado be leased to the oil and gas industry.

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Shaping Energy Policies for a Brighter Future

Pam Eaton Denver

Tulsa native Pam Eaton honeymooned in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and she camps in wilderness with her husband and two children whenever she can. During 23 years with us, she has held a number of high-level jobs and currently has two, overseeing both the BLM Action Center and National Forest Action Center. The BLM work includes directing our renewable energy campaign. Eaton, who earned a B.A. in geology from Yale and an M.S. in natural resource policy from the University of Michigan, previously worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School and the National Park Service. “Pam is the person I depend on to help me and all our partners keep our eyes on the ball, substantively and tactically,” says Johanna Wald of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Creating New Partnerships in the woods

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Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Idaho

Karen Hardigg Anchorage

As a youngster in Portland, Oregon, Karen Hardigg dreamed of becoming a vet—and a Scrabble champion. Then while attending Vassar College, where she became the second-highest soccer goal scorer in school history, she spent a summer in California as a wilderness ranger and realized she could have a career with lots of outdoors work. She earned a master’s from the Yale School of Forestry and joined our Alaska staff in 2007, specializing in rainforest issues. Now serving as our deputy director in the state, Hardigg has played a major role in the collaborative work that is helping guide the transition away from old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest. In 2010 she was appointed to a national advisory panel that selects forest restoration projects worthy of federal funding.

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It seemed no one was happy with management of Montana’s national forests. “There had not been a wilderness area created since 1983,” notes Bob Ekey, our assistant vice president for Northwest conservation. “Meanwhile, mill owners were getting too little timber because of the stalemate.” So five years ago, Ekey started talking with mill owners, the U.S. Forest Service, and other conservation partners about sitting down to find a solution. “Besides wanting to protect wilderness,” Ekey explains, “we wanted to restore areas in the national forests that had been damaged by road building and logging.” Realizing that restoration could simultaneously benefit the economy and enhance forest health led to a shift in perspective among traditional adversaries. “We felt that everyone could agree on 80 percent of the issues,” says Scott Brennan, who heads our restoration effort in Montana, “so we stopped focusing on the other 20 percent. Finally, people who had been suing each other were now sitting around a table trying to work things out.” The group grew to include more than 35 people representing a wide range of interests. Brennan and partners such as the Blackfoot Challenge and three forest supervisors took the lead in drawing up a large-landscape restoration project for the Blackfoot, Clearwater, and Swan valleys. After Congress created a forest restoration program in 2009, this initiative was one of only ten to be approved for funding. In Montana, the program is fueling a decade of work that will restore clean water, improve wildlife habitat for elk and grizzly bears, decommission old forest roads, and make communities safer from wildfire—all while creating new economic prospects in rural areas reeling from the recession. Gordy Sanders of Pyramid Mountain We have been leaders Lumber helped develop the project. “The Wilderness Society has in forest restoration in been a leader in ending the long stalemate and coming up with a plan that a variety of Montanans can buy into,” he says. “I believe that Montana’s Southwest what we are doing here can work in other places.”

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Restoration was part of a vision for the national forests we issued (right) and other in 1999. We began putting the theory to work later that year in Lakeview, Oregon, and our success there laid the foundation for progress we are now seeing in Alaska, Idaho, and elsewhere. “At a time when the political landscape is forcing us to play defense on a number of issues,” says Brennan, “our restoration campaign enables us to play offense.”

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The Wilderness Society has been a leader in ending the long stalemate and coming up with a plan that a variety of Montanans can buy into. I believe that what we are doing here can work in other places. Gordy Sanders, Pyramid Mountain Lumber

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Wilderness Society scientists have taken a lead role in analyzing potential climate change impacts in several regions of the state.”

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Dr. Scott Rupp, University of Alaska

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Cape Cod native Dr. Peter McKinley has seen major changes in the natural world since his boyhood days exploring nearby woods and wetlands. As The Wilderness Society’s first climate change adaptation ecologist, he is leading our efforts to identify places and policies that will help nature respond to this daunting challenge. “Once they are identified,” McKinley explains, “we can work with partners to try to protect these places. Setting priorities is more important than ever.”

Our public education campaign has helped citizens learn the vital carbon storage role played by national forests such as the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie in Washington (left).

“With the help of generous donors, we have been able to put more scientists on the job,” notes Dr. Spencer Phillips, vice president for research. For example, Dr. Wendy Loya, an ecologist in our Anchorage office, is mapping probable impacts on public lands in Alaska and is working closely with Native communities and other partners. “Wilderness Society scientists have taken a lead role in analyzing potential climate change impacts in several regions of the state,” says University of Alaska Professor Dr. Scott Rupp.

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To underline the role that healthy old-growth forests play in keeping carbon safely locked up in trees and soils—and not adding to the pollution already dumped into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels—we produced an analysis of the ten national forests that are making the biggest contributions. “Such research is critical to educating the public and guiding officials responsible for the stewardship of our wild places,” Phillips says. Of course, no matter how effective our forests are at removing carbon from the atmosphere, they cannot, by themselves, correct the dangerous buildup of greenhouse gases that now threatens worldwide climate disruption. The human race must find the will to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the extinction of species, the destruction of wetlands, and the loss of water supplies. With Congress so far unable to pass legislation doing so, the task has fallen to EPA. We have played a significant role in supporting the EPA’s ability to regulate global warming pollution in the face of Capitol Hill efforts to undercut its authority. That battle continues. We also swung into action when Big Oil tried to repeal California’s market-based program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through action alerts to our network of subscribers and other activities, we helped defeat Proposition 23 in November 2010. “The victory in California was important,” says David Moulton, who directs our climate change policy program. “It showed that the public wants solutions, not stalemate, and it offers hope that a federal solution might follow success in the states. Since 2010 was the 34th consecutive year with global temperatures above the 20th-century average, easing up is not an option.”

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Practicing Sound Science to Counter Climate Change Dr. Peter Mckinley Hallowell, Maine

An ornithologist whose favorite species is the sweet-singing wood thrush, Dr. Peter McKinley signed on in 2010 as our first climate adaptation ecologist. He focuses on New England and the Southern Appalachians, assisting in development of policies that can help wildlife adjust to climate change. A Cape Cod native, he earned degrees at Colby College, Indiana University, and the University of New Brunswick. Previously, this lover of the Boston Symphony worked for New Hampshire Audubon, the Manoment Center for Conservation Sciences, and the Forest Society of Maine. “Pete has a great understanding of how the smaller components of a large landscape interact and the need to keep the entire landscape intact,” says Carole Haas of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust.

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Anne Merwin Washington, D.C.

Recreation policy is a good fit for Anne Merwin, whose past includes softball, tennis, gymnastics, and rowing at Rice University, and who nowadays loves whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking with her husband and dog. She was also president of the college outing club. A graduate of University of Maryland Law School, Merwin worked for the Potomac Conservancy before joining us in 2009 as a public lands policy advisor focusing on recreation and transportation planning issues. “Anne is terrific and is an especially effective partner when we travel to Washington to meet with agency officials or congressional aides,” says Bethanie Walder of Wildlands CPR.

Inspiring Americans to Care about Wilderness Many Los Angeles families head to the San Gabriel Mountains to escape the heat or play in the snow. Lying mostly in Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriels are less than an hour’s drive from15 million people. We are playing a leading role in the San Gabriel Mountains Forever (SGMF) coalition, building public support for legislation to protect 36,000 acres of wilderness, preserve three rivers, and establish a national recreation area. ”Our coalition includes a broad cross-section of Los Angeles: faith groups, small businesses, and organizations that work in diverse communities with many languages,” says The Wilderness Society’s Annette Kondo, who leads SGMF’s communications efforts. “The Wilderness Society is a key partner, helping our communities, which urgently need more outdoor recreation to address the region’s obesity and diabetes crisis,” says Martin Nava, director of community health for the Oldtimers Foundation.

We are helping families (right) connect with the lands that belong to all Americans so they become advocates for protecting our natural heritage.

Love of the San Gabriels was illustrated by the standing-room-only turnout at an America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) forum in July 2010. AGO was established by President Obama to determine citizens’ views on public lands and their recreation preferences so that appropriate conservation policies could be formulated. We played a leading role in encouraging Americans to get involved, either by attending one of the 51 hearings or submitting comments. The administration’s report made a strong case for many of the land protection programs we have championed.

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We are encouraging people of all backgrounds and ages to enjoy—and care for—the lands that belong to the American people in Washington’s North Cascades, the Rockies, the Washington area, and elsewhere. “If you get a taste of the special places passed on to us by earlier generations, chances are you will become an advocate for protecting them for future generations,” says Doug Walker, who chairs our Governing Council. Unfortunately, funding for trail maintenance and other programs is falling short of the need, so we are working closely with a coalition that includes organizations such as Back Country Horsemen of America and the American Hiking Society to make that case on Capitol Hill.

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To ensure that all visitors can peacefully enjoy public lands, we have worked to persuade federal land managers to control destructive off-road vehicle (ORV) use across the West. With funding from the Harder Foundation, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation, the Lazar Foundation, and the 444S Foundation, we undertook research, organizing, lobbying, and legal work. The impact was reflected in plans for 13 California national forests, where the total area open to cross country ORV driving was reduced from 11 million acres to just 46,731 acres.

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The Wilderness Society is a key partner, helping our communities, which urgently need more outdoor recreation... Martin Nava, Oldtimers Foundation

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Notable Achievements over the past year Working with a wide array of partners, we have succeeded in protecting many of the nation’s valuable natural areas. As always, the support provided by members of The Wilderness Society was critically important. The success stories include:


Our coalition continued to fend off efforts that began in the 1980s to allow drilling in the biological heart of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (page 5)




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We played a leading role in derailing a plan to allow lethal wolf control and the gassing of pups in dens in wilderness areas on Unimak Island.


We helped secure a commitment from the U.S. Forest Service to ensure a transition from old-growth logging to selective cutting of smaller trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. (page 5)

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A federal judge ruled that a In partnership with local 2008 Bush administration plan allies, we convinced the to protect habitat that the Forest Service to issue a spotted owl needs to survive did plan that will keep off-road not stand up to scientific review vehicles out of the backcountry and must be redone. and protect water quality and wilderness in Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest.

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The Interior Department put off Shell’s plan to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic Ocean’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas, where any spill could pose a particularly serious threat. (page 5)





















We helped defeat Proposition 23, the oil industry’s California ballot initiative to repeal a marketbased program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and, in Congress, the Murkowski Amendment, which would have blocked EPA’s efforts to limit carbon pollution. (page 15) We helped draw up plans to restore national forestland in Colorado, Montana, and Idaho projects--three of the ten in the nation selected to receive funds. (page 10)

The “no more wilderness” policy for BLM lands adopted behind closed doors in 2003 was undone as the Interior Department created far more protective guidelines. (page 6)

Proposed changes in rules governing the 193-millionacre National Forest System would result in cleaner drinking water, greater recreational opportunities, improved wildlife habitat, and, for the first time, consideration of climate change.

Cross-country off-road vehicle travel will no longer be allowed on 11 million acres of national forests in California, while significant limitations on off-road vehicles will help protect grasslands at California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument.

We won our lawsuit challenging a plan for Idaho’s Salmon-Challis National Forest that we believe allowed too much off-road vehicle traffic.

A federal court ruled that the National Park Service must first protect natural resources when considering whether to permit Jet Ski use at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan) and Gulf Islands National Seashore (Florida & Mississippi). The U.S. Forest Service launched an initiative to substantially scale back its immense and decaying road system.

We helped minimize the environmental impact of renewable energy projects proposed for public lands in the California Desert as part of our national campaign to urge appropriate locations for such facilities. (page 11)

The government agreed to cancel contested oil and gas leases on more than 44,000 acres of unspoiled lands in Bridger-Teton National Forest in the southern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A U.S. appeals court rejected a federal plan for possible routing of electrical transmission lines through eight Middle Atlantic states, Arizona, and California, concluding that there was too little consideration of environmental impacts. The BLM issued a policy specifying that there is no presumed preference for oil and gas development over other uses.

The prospects for wilderness designation in four of Southern California’s national forests improved, thanks to settlement of a legal challenge by our coalition. The agreement also will lead to decommissioning of motorized vehicle routes in roadless areas. A new BLM plan bars leasing in western Colorado’s Vermillion Basin, capping our ten-year campaign to protect this natural treasure. (page 11)

Ruling in our favor, a federal court put the West Virginia northern flying squirrel back on the Endangered Species List, improving our prospects for preventing a large-scale logging project in the Monongahela National Forest.

A federal court upheld a plan to prevent off-road vehicle use in the Badger-Two Medicine area, near Glacier National Park. The area is home to bighorn sheep and grizzlies and is sacred to the Blackfeet Tribe.

We secured greater protection of water quality and other environmental safeguards in settling our lawsuit challenging oil shale development policy.

We helped defeat an amendment that would have limited the president’s Antiquities Act authority to protect public lands and another that would have defunded the National Landscape Conservation System.

The Obama administration’s America’s Great Outdoors report recommended a number of conservation initiatives we have been backing for many years. (page 16)



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Sherry Ann and Edward Dayton

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Mr. and Mrs. William Goadby

Nancy and Peter B. Benedict

Paul Caponigro

Eric Dayton

Cynthia S. and Robert L. Feldman

Billie and Martin Gold

Lawrence Benenson

Thomas Carlino

John W. Dayton

Bill Fenn

Rita S. Gold

Dalice Benge

Judith L. Carlson

Kenneth D. Deaton

Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Ferguson

Sunny and Bradley Goldberg

Walter R. Benoit

Margaret Carlson

Charles de Ganay

Mrs. Hubert L. Ferguson

David A. Golden

Helen Bentley

Theresa and John Cederholm

Frank Delfino

Arthur L. Finn

Mitchell Golden

Jan Campbell and James Berneking

Joan and Park Chamberlain

Sheila Dennis

Joanne and Peter Fischer

Steven H. Golding

Jane Bernstein

Ashford R. Chancelor

Barbara Crawford and Nancy Deshon

Ruth and Allen Fisher

Phillip Goldstein

Pamela Oxenberg and Martin Bernstein

Leslie S. Christodoulopoulos

Stephanie and Russell Deyo

Carol Fleishauer

Edwin Goldwasser

Clarence Beyer

Loraine Pearsall and Paul Chrostowski

Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Dick

Susan and Robert B. Flint Jr.

Beverly H. Goodman

Richard O. Bierregaard

Virginia Clark Clarkson

Joan Diggs

Sonia Florian

William S. Goodman

Marion and John C. Bierwirth

Audrey and Charles Clay

James K. Donnell

Agnes Hughes and Gunther Fonken

Katherine L. Goolsby

Mrs. George P. Bissell Jr.

Julie A. Clayman

Griswold Draz

John A. Fonstad

Nancy A. Goolsby

Sally and Alan Black

Judith and Steven Clifford

Lucy McCarthy and John Drury

Margot and Ben Fooshee

Mary and Gary Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Blanchard III

Anne Springs Close

Loren Blackford and Michael Dubno

Barbara J. Foote

Patsy M. Graham

Eleanor and Peter Blitzer

Jeff Clough

Paul V. Dufour

Gregory A. Fowler

Julia L. Grant

Nancy Blitzer

Willard Cochrane

Janet Duke

Catherine E. Fox

Dennis J. Gredell

Julie E. Edsforth and Jabe Blumenthal

Murray Cohen

Ann Duncan

Marion Greene

Amy and Philip Blumenthal

Lynn Brinton and Daniel E. Cohn

Myrl L. Duncan

Carla D’Arista and George T. Frampton Jr.

Carolyn and John K. Boitnott

Carolyn Beall Colwell and The Colwell Family Fund

Paul L. Dunklee

Sandra Bolton Beatrice and Bill Booth Ann Bowker Louise S. Bowman Elsa and William Boyce John A. Bradley Shannon J. Brandon Betty Breunig Eleanor Briccetti Liza F. Brickley Ernest P. Brinkley Barbara and Peter Brinkley Carolyn Summers and David Brittenham Frederick C. Brose Mary Catherine Bunting Cynthia and Charles Burgess Elvira and Terry Burns Mr. and Mrs. Robert Caiola Loulie and William Canady

Jane S. Comer RoseAnn B. Comstock Anne and Bill Conn Forrest C. Conrath George M. Covington Helen Cowan Timothy H. Crawford III Merry and Terrence Croft Janet Mitchell and Jerry Cromwell Lynn Cross Patricia Sabalis and Timothy Crowell Mary Culp D. Cunnings Don Dake Becca and Harry M. Dalton Severyn S. Dana Gene L. Daniels Shirley B. Dawson

Peter D. Durst Sylvia Duryee Joanne Waldron Dwyer Margo and George Earley Patty and Len Eaton Elizabeth Farrar and Craig Eckel Gary Edwards Jeri Edwards Kemerer Edwards Julie C. Eichenberger Frank W. Ellis Charles Ellman Margaret K. and James Ellsworth Frances G. Beinecke and Paul Elston Margot and Chris Enbom Jayme and Jerome Epstein Donna Esteves Roberta and Quentin C. Eyberg Kate and Henry Faulkner

Kenneth Frank

Gary, Julie, Sydney, and Maddy Greenstein

Bart Friedman

Rusty Gregory

Linda and Dennis Fromholzer

Glenn Gribble

Helga Fuller

Christine L. Dickey and Stephen L. Griffith

Robert Gable Laurie A. Gabriel M. Lee Gaillard Mr. and Mrs. Leandro S. Galban Jr. Marilyn Gamble Lynne and William Garbose Kathleen Garfield Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Garnsey Jr. John A. Garraty Arthur Gaume Patricia Geiger Liliane V. Gersh Ann and David Getches Frances Ginsberg Janey and Ed Gleaves Nancy and Christopher Gloe

Scott Grimm William J. Grist, M.D. Nina B. Griswold Sara and Ed Groark Barbara Grodd Nancy E. Newton and David Grusin Mrs. Paul W. Guenzel Peter Guggenheimer Barbara and Clayton Haberman Linnea T. Hadlock Frederick D. Haffner, M.D. R. Flip Hagood Margaret Halvorson Ruth and Franklin Harold Jessie M. Harris

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Cynthia and Leo O. Harris

Robert Jesperson

Susan and Robert Kuehlthau

Noel Mann

John and Sandra Mitchel

Loraine Harris

Carol A. Jewell

Deborah and Peter Lamm

Michael Mantell

Laura A. Mitchell

Alexandra M. Harrison

Eleigh Johns

Susan M. Lancelotta

Chris P. Marcella

Joseph Mnuk

Mr. J. Barton Harrison

Dwight L. Johnson

Sue and Roger Lang

Forrest E. Mars Jr.

John H. Moe

Ann Harvey

Douglas Jones

Esther and Kenneth Lange

Robert S. Marshall

Craig Moody

John H. Harvey, Ph.D.

Margaret M. Jones

Janet E. Lanman

Crozer W. Martin

Claire W. Mooers

Mark J. Hausknecht, M.D.

Chris Jordan

Murray Lapides

Barbara and John Matsinger

Lois S. Moore

Colleen Hazel

Mrs. Henry A. Jordan

Roy Lapidus

M. A. Maw

Ann Morgan

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Heidell

Edward Juda

Roger Larson

Teresa Mawhinney

Janet Morrow

Jean and John Heins

Carol and Frederick Jules

Jennifer and Charles Laue

Philip R. Mayhew

Anna-Maria Mueller

Chuck Hendricks

Suzanne Bober and Stephen Kahn

Shirley J. Laviolette

Elizabeth McElroy

Phyllis Mueller

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henigson

Dale S. Kammerlohr

David R. Lawrence

H. McLaren

Betty Munsee

Kim R. Henry

Janey and Kevin Kaster

Marta J. Lawrence

Francis McAdoo

Beth Murphy

Rebecca and Robert Hess

Melissa Elstein and Eric Katzman

Clare and Mike Leahy

Jane McCammon

Anthony Musset

Roger Hess

John M. Kauffmann

Leslie and Michael Lebeau

Betty and Conn McConnell

Kelsey Wirth and Samuel S. Myers

Hermi and John Hiatt

Yukako Kawata

Eleanor McBride and Timothy Lee

Patricia W. McCoy

Dr. and Mrs. William Naftel

Marilyn W. Hickey

Nancy F. Kearney

Barbara and Thomas Leggat

John McCune

William A. Newsom

Jessie Hill

Joanne and Dennis Keith

Dee and Robert Leggett

Mr. and Mrs. William J. McCune Jr.

Bette Nichols

Lee and Jim Hilton

Mary Kelly

William Leimbach

Carter McFarland

Leonard Nicholson

Dianne and David Hoaglin

Marilyn Wiles-Kettenmann and Robert Kettenmann

Daniel G. Lentz

Cynthia and David McGrath

Elsa and John Nimmo

E. J. Key

Sandy Lerner

Margaret A. McLellan

Gail and David Nochimson

A. Lesk

Helen Meadors

Amy and Dan Nordstrom

Billy Lewis

MF Meadors, Jr.

Priscilla Natkins and Seth Novatt

Mary L. Lewis

Paul Meadow

Janet Nye

Perrin and David Lilly

Dorothy Mears Ward

Scott Olson

Amy Liss

Michelle Britton Mehlisch

Christine and Edwin Ordway

Malia and David Litman

Cynthia Kring and Richard Melsheimer

Linda and Edward Ornitz

Lael M. Locke

Mrs. Albert Merck

H. Osborn

Betty White Ludden

Alice and Robert Mertz

Martha and Robert Osborne

Marie and Gary Ludi

Sindy Micho

L. L. Oster

Hampton and Kevin Luzak

Lindsay Mickles

Marylou L. Pardue

Cyrus H. Lyle Jr.

Catherine Milbourn

Diane Parish

Peter Lyman

Wandra Miles

Diane Williams Parker

Diana Lynch

Hope S. Miller

Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Parsegian

Lydia Sargent Macauley

Walter E. D. Miller

Anne Pattee

Lynn Maclean

Sara A. Mills

David Pedersen

Mary A. Mahoney

Carol Halperin Minkin

William L. Peebles

Laure Manheimer

Dwight Minton

Alan Penczek

Susanne and John Manley

Margaret and Edmond Missiaen

Phyllis Penrod

Rick Hoffer Mr. and Mrs. R. Hoguet III Steven Holl Jan and Maurice Holloway Patricia A. Holmes Thomas A. Hopkins Nancy F. Houghton Mr. and Mrs. William G. Howard Marie Huet Shirley Hunt Ann and Tom Hunt John R. Hunting Barb and Dave Hurd Dan Hurley Lisa Beaudreau and Matthew Hyde Dominique and Charles Inge Bill James Carol and Keith James Ann and Louis K. Jensen 22 I The Wilderness Society

Robert and Jane Kibler Deneen and Ken Kickbusch Jeanie and Murray Kilgour Graydon Kingsland Gretchen and Charles Kingsley Harold Kirker Phil Kislak Margot Kittredge Paul C. Klahr Patricia A. Klesinger James T. Knowles Glade Koch Diane and Gerard Koeppel Kay Koplovitz Mary Ellen and George Korbelik Peg and David Krosschell Charles Krout

Theresa A. Perenich

Hagood Brings Different Perspectives to Governing Council

J. H. Peters Karen C. Petrilla Beverly Phillips Colin S. Phipps Cynthia and Richard Plank Nancy Plaxico Wendy Shattuck and Sam Plimpton Sidney Posel Helen Posey Philip Preston Markita Price Martin R. Prince, M.D. Beatrice and Leonard Prosnitz Alice J. Purcell Janina Quint Robert R. Quintero Mary B. Demere Raae Marjorie B. Rachlin Susan Ott and David Ralph Judith Randal Joe L. Randles Sara Ransford Carolyn and Will Ratliff Eileen and Charles Read William W. Reed Monique M. Regard Anne and Scott Reines Virginia Poole and John Rentzepis Phyllis Reynolds Ruth S. Rich Linda Ridenour Anne Powell Riley Alice M. Rivlin Timothy A. Robert Barbara Parish and Gary Roberts Sandra A. Adams and Tom D. Roberts

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Wilderness Society board member Reginald “Flip” Hagood estimates that he’s been to the Grand Canyon 50 times, mainly during the years he spent directing ranger training for the National Park Service. But that natural treasure still revs his engines. Hagood’s love of nature was born early, even though he grew up on the streets of Washington, D.C. “My friends and I put together these little makeshift boats and paddled around the Anacostia River,” he recalls. “One night when I was 11, on a dare, a few of us had our first over-night on an island out there. We survived. “My grandfather also was very influential in developing my love of nature. Up until I was 15 and had jobs, I spent my summers with him in rural Anderson County, South Carolina. It was an introduction to animals and to fishing.” He became a Boy Scout and vividly remembers camping trips to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. But Hagood did not picture himself pursuing a career in nature. As a college student at Howard University, he majored in education and criminal justice. After graduation in 1963, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served 14 months in Vietnam, earning the Purple Heart medal. Back in Washington, Hagood started a master’s program at American University and found work as a policeman with the National Park Service. Before long he became “enamored” of the national parks and, after earning his degree, stuck with the agency. Hagood became a park ranger, with a law enforcement orientation. During a 30-year career with the Park Service, he eventually moved up to become chief of employee development and training.

Retiring in 1995, Hagood made a natural transition to the Student Conservation Association (SCA), which provides college and high school-aged youngsters with hands-on conservation service opportunities, many of them in national parks. Today he is a senior vice president, focusing on strategic initiatives and business development. Ten years ago Wilderness Society President William H. Meadows asked Hagood to join our Governing Council, the 36-member body that governs the organization. “It was a great honor,” he recalls. “I had been aware of The Wilderness Society from my days teaching rangers about the Wilderness Act. When you do that you can’t help but learn about the central role that The Wilderness Society played in creating the Wilderness System.” Hagood, like all members of the council, relishes the opportunity to promote stewardship of the lands that belong to the American people. In addition, he has a special interest in broadening the constituency of those who care about those places. “I am passionate about changing the face of conservation,” he says. In particular, he wants to engage young Americans and people of color—including his five-year-old granddaughter. He also serves on the boards of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL), and the Association of Partners for Public Lands (APPL). Hagood manages to carve out some time to lecture, mainly about diversity and natural resources, at Howard, the University of Vermont, Michigan, American University, Harvard, the University of Maryland, and other schools. “When I began with The Wilderness Society,” Hagood says, “I was immediately impressed by the staff’s expertise and credibility. I also have come to realize what an effective partner the organization is. It’s a group that doesn’t worry so much about getting credit and focuses more on finding a collaborative way to achieve its goals.”

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Mountain Man Conrad Anker Is Fighting Climate Change

Emily Schoenbaum Mary Mowbray and Roland Schroeder Heidi Schultz Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Schumann

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As one of the world’s most renowned mountain climbers, Wilderness Society member Conrad Anker is acutely aware of the changes in the Earth’s climate—and he speaks frequently to audiences he hopes will accelerate the lumbering effort to address this sobering challenge. “The glacier equilibrium line, where ice accumulates above and melts below,” he says, “is understood to be a good indication of a glacier’s health, and in the Himalayas that line has moved 3,000 feet higher since the 1980s.” A native of Big Oak Flat, not far from Yosemite, Anker camped in the back county with his family every summer. “By age 14 I wanted a bigger challenge, so I began rope climbing, and two years later I set off to climb Mt. Rainier,” he recalls. Now 48, the University of Utah graduate has taken on the world’s most challenging climbs, reaching summits in Alaska, Antarctica, the Himalayas, South America, and elsewhere. His most satisfying expedition was in 1991, when he and Seth Shaw took on 8,835-foot Middle Triple Peak at the southern end of the Alaska Range. “It’s a place that exemplifies the power and wild beauty of our planet,” Anker says. Over four weeks they battled not only the mountain but an earthquake and severe storms. On the descent, Anker fell 100 feet—but had the good fortune to land in seven feet of snow. In 1999 he and best friend Alex Lowe were overcome by an avalanche in the Himalayas. Conrad barely survived; Lowe did not. An HDTV documentary, “The Endless Knot,” tells the story, and in honor of Lowe, Anker helped create the Khumbu Climbing School for Sherpas and high-altitude workers. Another of his Himalayan expeditions was a search for the body of George Mallory, the preeminent Everest explorer of the 1920s. The disappearance of Mallory and Sandy Irvine on their 1924 summit bid is one of climbing’s great mysteries, and Anker discovered the legendary climber frozen into rock. The National Geographic Society captured the story in “The Wildest Dream,” released in 2010. Anker’s exploits have made him an effective spokesman for The North Face and for Timex. He also furthers the work of various nonprofits, besides his climbing school. His appreciation of The Wilderness Society dates back to the days when his parents were members. “Your name explains why you are important,” says Anker, who lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife Jenni Lowe and three children. “We need wilderness. It’s where we get clean water, it scrubs our air, and it is vital to certain rare species such as wolverines and bobcats. The Wilderness Society led the fight to create the Wilderness System and continues to provide the expertise to save our mountains, forests, and wildlife for future generations. ” He and his wife are part of our Friends of Wilderness program—supporters who make automatic monthly contributions through a checking account. “I’m an optimist by nature,” says Anker, who studies Latin for fun. “Every day’s a good day. Protecting our planet is a huge challenge, but if each of us just keeps plugging, we’ll succeed.”

Muriel and Maurice Schwartz Rosemary and Jeffrey Sherman Diana Wege Sherogan and Tim Sherogan Alistair Sherret Robin R. Shield Lucretia and John Sias Frederick L. Silbernagel Amy and Adam Simon Elizabeth B. Simon Abby R. Simpson Murali and Gouri Sivarajan David J. Skar Mary Helen and John B. Slater Terri and Rich Slivka Jacqueline A. Smalley Linda McMullen and Farwell Smith Cynthia O. Smyth Anne C. Snyder Marguerite J. Soffa William Sowter Carolyn Mangeng and Dale Spall Jon Spar John Sperling Dr. and Mrs. Randall S. Sprick Laurie and Ben Stanley Christy and Robin Stebbins Peggy Steffel

David Rodd

Carl Rosenberg

Mrs. Stephen G. Rudisill

Elizabeth and Nathaniel Saltonstall

Janet Roebuck

Catherine and Paul Rosenberger

Elizabeth Ruffin

Annette Malinsky and Victor Sandler

Joyce and Waldron Rogers

Myron R. Rosenthal

Jim A. Rupke

John Scanlan

Holly and William Rom

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rotberg

Virginia D. Rushmore

Timothy Schaffner

June and Barr Rosenberg

Callae and Ed Rounds

Ann Rembert and Daniel Safranek

Lewis B. Scheffey Karen Matthews and Michael Scheier

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L. Harold Stephens W. Eugene Stern Nancy P. Stetson Caroline S. Stevenson Frances W. Stevenson Catherine M. Stiefel Lisa and Jon Stine

Howard F. Stirn

Gigi and James Voegeli

Patricia A. Powers and Thomas R. Wolfe

Ruth H. Brown Foundation

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Max Stolz Jr.

Erich Voester

Barbara Wolff-Reichert

The Bullitt Foundation

Joseph and Marie Field Foundation

Eunice and Donald Stover

Karen Vogl

Doug Wood

Fir Tree Fund 2

Rick Stowe

Mrs. Philip R. Von Stade

John A. Woollam

Campaign for America’s Wilderness of the PEW Environment Group

Marion Strack

James Wadsworth

Roger Worthington

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Foundation For The Carolinas

Sally Thompson Strait

Kathleen Walker

Sara Wragge

Susan and Gordon Street

Julie Lutz and George Wallerstein

Pei-Hsing and Tien H. Wu

Joan and Mark Strobel

Denise A. Ward

J. A. Wunderlich III

Scott Stromatt

Kurt Warmbier

Chris Wurtele

Sandy Kinney and Robert Sugg

George Warrington

Dorothy S. Wylie

Ruby and William Suter

Patricia and Philip Washburn

Paula Wolferseder Yabar

Susan J. Suwinski

Mrs. Robert B. Waters

Joyce Yaffe

June K. Swango

James C. Waugh

Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Young

Mark Sweeney

Elliot R. Wax

John Zapp

Yachiyo Takamatsu

Sanford Waxer

Pamela Pride Eaton and Edward Zukoski

Grace Taper

Dorothy and Dean Weber

Nancy Taylor

Amy Vedder and Bill Weber

Paul W. Taylor

Evelene Wechsler

Sangita and John Tentler

Speed Weed

Samuel T. Test

Mark Weeks

Clare E. Thaw

John A. Weihe

Lowell Thomas Jr.

Marshall Weinberg

Jess D. Thompson

John Wells

Ferdinand Thun

Sally Wells

Mr. and Mrs. Jon Tourville

Steven M. Wells

Elizabeth J. Townsend

John A. Wesner

James B. Townsend Jr.

Dana English and Tom Whalen

Susan and Robert Townsend

Gene A. Whitaker

Thomas A. Traber

Darcy and Charles White

Barbara Trask

Margaret White

Cindy and Frederick Tresher

Nancy Hanes White

Amy and Stephen Unfried

Searle Whitney

Jon Ungar

Richard Wieboldt

Richard Urell

David R. Wiemer

Myriam Urrutia-Eder

Peter S. Wilson

Lelia Vaughan

Dorothy Winnette

Sally S. Venerable

Bente and Don Winston

Nancy Verber

Eleanor and Frederick Winston

Mary and Thomas Verhoeven

Aizik Wolf

Foundations, Corporations and Other Institutions Anonymous (4) 444 S Foundation Adirondack Community Trust Agua Fund, Inc. The Winifred and Harry B. Allen Foundation American Conservation Association, Inc. Appalachian Mountain Club The Aspenwood Foundation Bank of America The Baupost Group LLC Albert and Pamela Bendich Charitable Trust The Betterment Fund Cornelius N. Bliss Memorial Fund Jean F. Block Charitable Trust Bluestone Foundation Blumenthal Foundation Caroline Manning Bolton Legacy Fund The Boston Foundation The Brainerd Foundation

Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation The Chrysalis Foundation The Cinnabar Foundation John and Bette Cohen Fund Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta The Community Foundation for the National Capital Area The Community Foundation of Boulder Community Foundation of Sonoma County Conservation Alliance Cook Inletkeeper The James M. Cox Jr. Foundation CREDO Robert L. Crowell Charitable Fund Davis Family Foundation Defenders of Wildlife Dewoskin/Roskin Foundation Harriet Ford Dickenson Foundation The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Dole Family Foundation

The Flori Foundation The Helen Clay Frick Foundation Michelle and Robert Friend Foundation Games That Give Gibson Family Foundation Glenlaurel Inn Glickenhaus Foundation Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund Goodsearch Charles M. and Mary D. Grant Foundation The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Greenwich Workshop, Inc. The Marc Haas Foundation Phoebe W. Haas Charitable Trust Hamill Family Foundation Harder Foundation The Harding Educational and Charitable Foundation Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation

Earth Friends Conservation Fund

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The Educational Foundation of America

Hirschler Manufacturing, Inc.

EMSA Fund, Inc.

Huplits Foundation Trust

The Energy Foundation

Louis and Jane Jacobson Foundation

KMTT 103.7 The Mountain

Jenner & Block LLP

The Entrust Fund

Jewish Communal Fund

Environmental Defense Action Fund

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Faegre & Benson Foundation

Johnson Charitable Gift Fund

Fairfield County Community Foundation

Joyce Green Family Foundation

The Fanwood Foundation

Kasala Furniture

Faraway Foundation Ferguson Foundation

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The Kibler Foundation

Panaphil Foundation

TSC Foundation, Inc.

JK Group Trustees

Amber Asimenios

Krehbiel Family Foundation

Patagonia, Inc.

Turner Foundation, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Gail B. Austin

LaSalle Adams Fund

The Peixotto Trust

Jane Smith Turner Foundation


Charles Axline

The Lazar Foundation

Princeton Area Community Foundation

van Itallie Foundation, Inc.

Kraft Foods

R. M. Baab

Leupold and Stevens Foundation

The Prospect Hill Foundation Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bacon

David H. Leuschen Foundation Living Springs Foundation

Resources Law Group, LLP

Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation

Betty Jane Baer

The Longview Foundation

Resources Legacy Fund Foundation

Geraldine S. Violett Charitable Foundation

Lubo Fund, Inc.

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Wallace Genetic Foundation, Inc.

Network for Good

Lyndhurst Foundation

The Rice Family Foundation

Suzan R. Mackler Fund

B. T. Rocca Jr. Foundation

The Marcus Foundation

Rodel Foundation

Marisla Foundation

Savitt Family Fund of The Tides Foundation

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

SB Foundation

Wiancko Charitable Foundation

The Mars Foundation Mellam Family Foundation R. K. Mellon Family Foundation Merck Family Fund

Schaffner Family Foundation Sarah I. Schieffelin Residuary Trust

Walt Disney Company William W. and Patricia L. Wessinger Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation White Pine Fund The William B. Wiener Jr. Foundation Wilburforce Foundation

Microsoft Corporation PepsiCo Foundation

Robert D. Bacon Milena Bailey Robert Baillie

PG&E Corporation Foundation

Martha Hatch Balph, In Memory of Robert McConnell Hatch

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

Tom and Currie Barron

TisBest Philanthropy

Donald Barry and Teiko Saito

Verizon Foundation

Emma M. Bartoy

The Robert Marshall Council

Dianne G. Batch David M. Bean Keith Bean

The Seattle Foundation

Matching Gifts and Other Funding

The Shanbrom Family Foundation

Adobe Systems

Kate, Bob and Andrew Smith Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Amgen Foundation

We are pleased to acknowledge the following individuals who have included The Wilderness Society in their wills or estate plans. The Robert Marshall Council is named for one of our founders, a visionary conservation hero who was the first person to help further our work with a bequest. Anonymous (295)

Howard A. and Dorothy G. Berger

National Center for Conservation Science and Policy

Solberg Manufacturing, Inc.

Babson Capital Management, LLC Bank of America Foundation

James F. Acton

Sandra Berndt

The Nature Conservancy

The Stettenheim Foundation

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Janet C. and Ronald L. Adams

Brian Besser

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Stoller Family Charitable Lead Annuity Trust

The Bullitt Foundation

Eric and Audra Adelberger

David Birkner

Dell Direct Giving Campaign

Dr. Mary Virginia Allen

Robert W. Bittner

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation

Dr. David W. Alsop

Inez Black

Earth Share

Jane Sokolow and Edward A. Ames

Larry and Constance Blackwood

EnCana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc.

Kay Amos

Robert O. Blake

Ford Foundation

Bud and Jackie Anderson

Col. Kenneth Bloodworth

Coca-Cola Foundation

Marilu Anderson

Carolyn Bluhm

GE Foundation

Marcia Angle and Mark Trustin

Betty Blumenkamp

General Mills Foundation

George and Donna Arbaugh

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Boeding

Roll Giving

Brenda Armstrong

Marjorie Boetter

Goldman, Sachs & Company

Doris Arnold

Helen S. Bolle


Kurt Aronow

James J. Boock

Honeywell Hometown Solutions

Marcy Ashby

Judy Bradford

Merlin Foundation Middle Fork River Expeditions Minerva Fund Montana Import Group Mumford Family Foundation The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

New Prospect Foundation The New-Land Foundation, Inc. The Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc. The October Hill Foundation George L. Ohrstrom Jr. Foundation Orchard Foundation Tom and Mary Orsini Fund of The Denver Foundation Overhills Foundation P-Twenty One Foundation The David and Lucile Packard Foundation 26 I The Wilderness Society

Susan and Ford Schumann Foundation Mendon F. Schutt Family Fund Schwab Charitable Fund

Sidney Stern Memorial Trust

The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Foundation Fund George B. Storer Foundation Studios Architecture Sustainable Sourcing, LLC Swimmer Family Foundation Sykes Family Foundation Tactics The Thomas Foundation Tortuga Foundation Town Creek Foundation

The Wyss Foundation

John and Ann Beane Phil and Lynn Beedle Beverly S. Bender Charles and Elin Bennett Billie Louise Bentzen Todd and Betty Berens

C. D. Cornwell

Sylvia Brody, Ph.D.

Anne M. Cowan

Allan and Marilyn Brown

John L. Coyier

Amy C. Browning

Frank Gary Crom

Joyce H. and Roland F. Bryan

Al and Yvonne Cullen

Mary Catherine Buck

Bethia S. Currie

Dr. William D. Buel

Neil W. Currie

Ms. Dale Burch

Guy E. Dahms

James R. and Denise J. Burch

Sali T. Dalton

Michael F. Burns

Benjamin Davis

Douglas W. Burton Jr.

Brenda and Swep Davis

Pauline B. Campbell

Nancy Davlantes

Lisa C. Caplan

Edward and Sherry Ann Dayton

Arthur Cappello

Jon Deak

Louise Carney

Susan Diaz

Frances Chamberlin Carter

William T. Dickerson

Margaret D. Carter

Mr. and Mrs. James G. Dillon

Thomas A. Cassilly

Sylvia Ruth Dillon

John T. and Theresa D. Cederholm

Michael DiMenna

Robert and Barbara Chabot

Wesley E. and Sophie G. Dirks

Ying C. Chang

Frank Discenza Jr. and Regina Discenza

Charles B. Chedsey

Lorraine W. Ditta

Luann K. Cheney-Smith

Martin Dodge

Sandra and Daniel Ciske

Harry L. Dodson

David B. Clark

Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dolan

Lois J. Cleworth

Dorothy L. Douglass

Robert C. Cohen

Ann H. Downer

Barbara and Bertram Cohn

Jules H. Drucker

Theodore and Alice Cohn

Michael Dryfoos and Ilga Jansons

Mary B. Cole

Carol J. Dulaney

David A. Collins

Don Dumelow

Marcie D. Colpas

Paul L. Dunklee Fund

Melisande Congdon-Doyle

Arthur Dusdall

Anne and Bill Conn

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Dwyer

Dr. Mary L. Contakos

Margo and George Earley

Betty Cooke

Jennifer Eden

Barbara J. Cooper

Professor Ernest Edwards

Carol Copp

Dr. Norman L. Egger

Brian Corey

William J. Ehmann

To Help Protect Alaska, Robert Bacon Wrote The Wilderness Society into His Will © Susan Orlansky

Elizabeth Breunig

Like many Wilderness Society members, Robert Bacon is a generous contributor because of our reputation as a tenacious defender of Alaska’s natural wonders. Besides making annual donations, the Oakland attorney has included The Wilderness Society in his will. Bacon’s interest in the state began after he had graduated from Stanford (in three years) and from King Hall School of Law at the University of California-Davis. “I applied for clerkships in appellate courts and received an offer from the Alaska Supreme Court, so I set off, sight unseen, for Anchorage,” he recalls. After that one-year clerkship was over, in 1977, the West Virginia native obtained a similar position with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. “Then I had the opportunity to return to Alaska, and I couldn’t resist,” Bacon says. He spent 12 more years there, first on the staff of the Appellate Courts and then as an assistant attorney general. In 1982 he joined The Wilderness Society, and he attended the opening of our Anchorage office. “I was impressed by The Wilderness Society’s professionalism and its focus on public lands, rather than trying to be all things to all people,” he says. “I liked the fact that there were economists on staff, and I felt that the group’s effectiveness was illustrated by the degree of venom expressed in places such as the Anchorage Times’ editorial page.” He often wrote letters to the editor and comments on draft environmental impact statements issued by federal agencies. Despite his love of Alaska lands, Bacon took a job in California’s Public Defender Office in 1990. “I eventually figured out that defending people sentenced to death was what I was supposed to be doing because I knew the law and opposed the death penalty,” he explains. (Alaska does not have the death penalty.) After six years with the state public defender, he set up his own practice, focusing on such cases. He is active in the Unitarian Universalist Church, which is a leader in social justice ministries. A cross-country skier, hiker, and photographer, Bacon manages to get back to Alaska for a week of vacation most years. Thanks to those trips, as well as station wagon travel as a youngster and other outings, he believes he has visited about half of the 58 full-fledged national parks. “Since I can’t be out there protecting these wonderful places,” he says, “I salve my conscience by writing a check to The Wilderness Society to represent me.”

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You Can Give at Work

Thank you to the many donors who contributed to The Wilderness Society last year through corporate, state, city, and county workplace giving campaigns. If you are a federal employee, you can support our work by designating #10638 on your pledge sheet during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC ). The Wilderness Society is a founding member of Earth Share, a federation of America’s leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations working together to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns. For more information regarding The Wilderness Society, Earth Share, or workplace giving, please contact The Society’s Membership Services Department at 1-800-The-Wild or

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Franke

Lynne W. Hansen

Dr. and Mrs. Louis K. Jensen

Helene Frankel

David and Eileen Hardy

Lucie Johns

Barbara J. Fraser

Pollyana Harmon

C. G. and Linda Johnson

Dr. Avery Freed

Mr. and Mrs. Roger J. Harmon

Denny Johnson

Leona B. Freist

Miriam Harris, Ph.D.

Kristine Johnson

Mary Anne Freyer

Jessie M. Harris

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Johnston

Arthur Fry

Susan K. Harris

Dr. Nelson Jones

Dr. Virginia S. Furrow

Dr. John H. Harvey

Marie L. Gaillard

Doris Haskell

Dr. Warren R. Jones and Mrs. Janet B. Jones

Sarah F. Gaines

Georgina Hasney

Christopher D. Gates

DeeAnn A. Hast

H. F. Gehrlach

Christine B. Hayes

Eletha E. Gerber

Gerhard D. Heiter

John W. Gintell

DeWitt J. Henderson

Thelma Ginzler

T. Henneforth

Eliot Girsang and Richard Wilson

Eric and Sylvie Henning

Scott and Nadine Goetz

Robert W. Hewitt

Dr. and Mrs. John L. Graham

Eva Higgins

Fredianne Gray

S. M. Highberger

John Gray

Mary Lou L. Hill

MacBryan Green, M.D.

Mr. and Mrs. Wendell P. Hill

Margaret S. Gregory

Jeffrey and Rebecca Himsl

Edna Grenlie

Edward Hoagland

Christine L. Dickey and Stephen L. Griffith

Dr. Leroy G. Holub Amanda W. Hopkins

Ms. Mim Eisenberg

Elizabeth A. Feldhusen

Nina B. Griswold

C. Elliman

Marla A. Ferguson

Merlin Groff

Benton Elliott

Francesco Ferraro

Sharyn Groslyn

Daphne Elliott

Darrell F. Fienup

Gayle Hackamack

Barbara E. Ellis

Arthur L. Finn

William B. Hale

Linda Jo Ellis

Louis M. Fiorentino

Jonathan B. Hales

Frances B. Elston

B. E. Fisher

David Edward and Nancy Mullen Hall

Howard Ennes Jr.

Mrs. Joseph L. Fisher

Julie and Parker Hall

Steven G. Erwood

JoAnn W. Flock

Mark Hallee

Dr. B. B. Eshbaugh

John J. Floreth

Natalie W. Halpin

Donna Esteves

Dr. Gunther S. Fonken and Ms. Agnes Hughes

Felicity Hammer

Dave Evans William D. Evers, Esq. Phyllis Falconer

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Paul J. Fox Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Frank

John S. Hand, Ph.D. Russ and Patty Hannon Harvey A. Hansen

Dr. Ian Hood Perry Y. Hopkins H. W. Hopp Mr. and Mrs. William Horn Mary B. Horne James H. and Sherry P. Hubbard Dr. Morton W. Huber L. Barrie and Shirley Hunt William P. Jackson Jacques F. Jacobson Graham A. Jamieson Moreau Jansky Parsons Tim and Jan Jaskoski Allen Jefferis

Thomas J. Joyce Jay M. Julian Phyllis F. and Roy E. Kadle Ruth Gannett Kahn Jean M. Kane Dorothy S. Kanehl Kevin A. Karl Barbara O. Keeton Anne Kelemen William B. Kelly Dr. James S. Key Robert and Jane Kibler Sharon A. Killough Brad M. King Mrs. William F. Kirsch Jr. John Michael Kittross Josephine W. Kixmiller Paul C. Klahr Susan C. Klein Jean Klotzbach Mr. and Mrs. William E. Knox John and Ruth Kolvas E. A. Komczyk Kay Koplovitz Margaret Kornfeil David Korr and Jessica Franken Eugene V. and Lenore M. Kosso Betty J. Kraker Dr. Robert L. Kriel Mr. H. William Kuni

Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Kurz

R. Mamula

Robert H. Mosher

John D. Pickelman

Jean Sanders

Kathy L. Kuyper

Joanne Manoway

Constance Mounce

Patricia Piepho

Elizabeth A. Sartor

Robert Kvaas

C. L. Marshall

Ann M. Murphy

Gail Pigeon

Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Schaefer

Greg A. La Fortune

Harry A. Marshall, III

Mr. and Mrs. Philip E. Murray

Dr. and Mrs. Richard S. Plank

Gloria G. and Karl F. Schlaepfer

Jon C. Lafleur

David A. Martin

Ross Murray

Nancy and Robert Plaxico

Helen L. Schneider

Virginia A. Lamarche

Howard and Fay Marx

Olga P. Najacht

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Pollock

Elizabeth C. Schoeberlein

Jane Laporte

Cindy Marzolf

Ruth H. Neff

Phyllis J. Polumbo

Ellen Marshall Scholle

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Larson

Robert M. Mason

Darby and Geri Nelson

Gerald and Barbara Porter

Curtis Schuppe

Catherine L. Latham

Helen Mattin

Mark Nelson and Connie Krummrich

Myrna Barbara Pototsky

Eleanor Nadler Schwartz

Drs. Richard L. and Frances M. Latterell

Nancy M. Mayer

Katherine M. Ness

Nancy and Ben G. M. Priest

Dr. Louis F. Lawrence

Ursula Mayer

Susan Niles and Paul Schirmer

Alice F. Primrose

Dr. James Scott and Dr. Heidi Fleischmann

Mrs. Fred F. Lawson

Edmund E. McCann

Florence C. Norstrom

Ms. Susan Puder

Kirk Lawton

Lawrance H. McClung

Edward W. Norton

Freda-Wood Purvis

Dr. and Mrs. Guy W. Leadbetter Jr.

Ann McDonald

Jan K. and Judith E. Novak

L. S. Pyle

Tom and Barbara Leggat

Elizbeth Taillon McFee

Lois I. Nowak

Dr. Carolyn S. Quinn

Dr. Steven H. Leifheit and Pamela Hale

Mr. and Mrs. Harry G. McGavran Jr.

Dorothy and Alan Obre

H. Richard Randall

Dr. and Mrs. Rolf W. Lemp

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. McGrady

Gerald Orcholski and James A. Phillips

James McChesney Ranson

Joan Levers

John G. McInnis

Kathryn A. Ordway

Sandra Rasche

Dr. Lynn Levitt

Nancy McLachlin

John and Gloria Osberg

Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Reinhart

B. J. Lewis

Don McNabb

Robbie Oxnard

Maryann Reis

Linda A. Lewis

Mary M. McPherson

Diane Pace

Gail F. Reissen

Mary L. Lewis

Deanna L. Mechensky

Patricia A. Packer

Kathleen Elyse Schmidt Renquist

Vivian R. Liddell

G. A. Melnick

Marsha E. Palitz

Mr. and Mrs. Cleo J. Richard

Ben Liles Jr.

Brenda Melstein

Deborah E. Palmer

Marie W. Ridder

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lindstrom

George and Judith Mercer

Henry Parker

Ruth Robinson

Joan C. Lindusky

Don Mercill and Pari L. Morse

Mary Webster Parker

Mary and Gaylan Rockswold

Anthony M. Smith

Carol T. Linnig

Betty Meyer

Mrs. Raymond D. Parker

Ernestine I. Smith

Stephen and Kathleen Linowski

Kay E. Meyer

Regina B. Pasche

Linda C. Roesner and Edward H. Roesner

Ian J. Smith

Nina Liu

Grace Michaels

Lucile B. Patrick

Mark Rohling

John R. Smith

Mrs. M. H. Lock

Ed Miller

Cynthia C. Payne

Edmond M. and Phyllis Root

Suzanne Snow

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Lockwood

Dr. Edward D. Miller and Ms. Kathleen Milller

In Memory of David and Moolah Pearlmutter

Mary L. Rosczyk

Peter A. Soria

F. D. Rose

Edward Spalding

John E. Miller

Jerold Pearson

Kenneth A. Rosvold

Mr. Lynn Spensley

John J. B. Miller

Robert and Madeline Pendergrass

Victoria Roy

Dr. Nicholas Sperelakis

Leslie Miller

Dr. Theresa Perenich

John L. Rundle Jr.

Dr. Dennis Spitz

Margaret Miller

Dottie Perry

Douglas M. Ruthardt

James and Dolores Sprague

Patricia L. Minnick

Polly Perry

Dr. and Mrs. Dante Salera

M. G. Springer

Claire W. Mooers

J. Henry Peters

Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Saltonstall

Barbara St. George

Dr. James A. Morris

Craig M. Peterson, Ph.D.

Jaya Salzman

West Stache

Ruth Lofgren Ann Lowry Caroline Lowsma Dayton Lummis Larry Lundberg Mary J. Lundell James Macfadden Lawrence R. and Helen Jane Mack

Dr. Adolph M. Segal Mrs. Henry M. Shafer Norma G. Shaw Max and Nadia Shepard Robert Shultz Harold and June Siebert Ann B. Simpson Beverly L. Simpson Charles and Mary Sinclair Sandra K. Skaggs Thomas A. Skerry David D. Skryja Marcia L. Slatkin Nancy Slocum Hornick

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Jennifer and Edmund A. Stanley Jr.

Gifts Come in All Kinds of Packages

Dr. Kent L. Steckmesser Steven R. Stegner Gary Stevens

© Allie DaSilva

Bethany LeBlanc credits her mother for instilling a conservation ethic that has helped make LeBlanc a leader of sustainability efforts at State Street, the Boston-based financial services giant born in 1792. She began by volunteering with the Food Project, which teaches inner-city teenagers about sustainable growing and the advantages of local food. Last year she collaborated with ING’s green team to launch a farmer’s market that brought local food to the companies’ 2,500 employees. LeBlanc also organized a kickball tournament that raised more than $2000 for the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and its Gulf oil spill clean-up efforts. For these and other efforts as a volunteer on the Employee Environmental Sustainability Committee, she recently received State Street’s Global Outreach Excellence Award. She was not the only winner; LeBlanc selected The Wilderness Society to receive $1500 from State Street on her behalf. “I am very concerned about the threats posed to wild places, especially by oil drilling and logging, so it made sense to name The Wilderness Society,” explained the project analyst, who also has been Bethany LeBlanc named State Street’s Environmental Sustainability Champion of the Year. She receives our regular WildAlerts, keeping her informed of such issues. LeBlanc’s gift illustrates the creative ways that people are helping The Wilderness Society protect America’s land and wildlife for future generations. Will Field of Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, asked those invited to his Bar Mitzvah to consider a contribution to The Wilderness Society in lieu of a present for him, and so far more than 25 generous contributions have arrived. Will may be the youngest member in our 76-year history. When he was five, his parents hosted a Wilderness Society party, with President William H. Meadows in attendance. (Will’s father, David, is on our Governing Council.) “I snuck into the party and was very impressed by what Mr. Meadows had to say,” Will recalls, “so I went back upstairs, emptied the $10 in my piggy bank, and gave it to him.” That made him a member. The youngster became devoted to the outdoors mainly through family trips to Colorado. “The Wilderness Society was an obvious choice for my Bar Mitzvah gifts because it represents everything I believe in.” Another teenager who helped The Wilderness Society, in her case as part of a Bat Mitzvah, is Carley Rose Dorsey of Evergreen, Colorado. “I love nature, especially animals,” Carley says. So she designed a logo and tag line (“Love it, let’s fix it”) and put them on tee shirts and bracelets. She donated all the money she received from sales of these items to The Wilderness Society. “Carley came to our Denver office during the holiday season last December and presented us with a generous check,” recalls Nada Culver, a lawyer who is friends with the Dorseys. “In February we received another contribution. She’s a great kid with a big heart.” “There are all kinds of ways to support the work that we do,” observes Senior Vice President Paula Wolferseder Yabar. “A few months ago we received a contribution in memory of a member’s beloved dog, and professional snowboarder Forrest Shearer designated a $2,000 donation to us from one of his sponsors, Tactics.” If you would like to discuss an idea, contact Robin Hickman: 202-429-2603 or

Dr. Marion B. Stewart and Ms. Marcia Glanz Robert G. Stine Barbara R. Stinson Eleanor H. Stoddard Ruth Storms Vi Strain Elaine Strassburger Georgene Stratman Joanna Sturm Sheila R. Suarez and John Suarez Glen V. Swegle Karen J. Swope M. G. Szetela Karen P. Thomas Bette Thompson Mr. and Mrs. H. Keith Tiedemann Robert Tolfree L. Diane Tompkins Robert R. Traut Joyce Tullock Samuel E. Tuma Dr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Turner Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tuttle John H. Tyler Dr. and Mrs. David C. Ulmer Jr. F. R. Van Den Dries Sarita Van Vleck Abigail P. van Alstyne Paulette Vartabedian H. J. Velsor Jr. Dr. Nancy Verber Mr. Van R. Vibber Mr. and Mrs. Voegeli

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Jordan Voelker

Susan Woehrlin

Ruth W. Fields

Barbara J. Raskin

Donald A. Vogel

Richard W. and Lynn D. Woerpel

Judith B. Frankel

Harry D. and Mary L. Reber

Helen E. Vogt

Barry H. Wolf

Melvin H. Friedman

Bonnie M. Rhodes

Phyllis M. Vogt

Michael N. Wood

Helen M. Fruth

Vivian K. Ryan

Fred F. Wadsworth

Steven Woodbury and Ann Bauer

Jean D. Galkin

David Rynin

James R. Wagner

Professor Herbert E. Wright

Ruth H. Geffers

Ruth M. Sampson

Priscilla L. Waite

Reverend and Mrs. Roger G. Wrigley

Suzanne Gilbert

George V. and Jean A. Smith

Joseph and Carol Waldner

Thomas C. Yeoman

Barbara K. Girdler

Lois J. Smith

Billy C. and Jo Ann L. Wallace

Margaret Young

Avis S. Goodwin

Alice L. Spengler

Judge E. Wallace

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Zahn Kristina G. Zea

Ralph and Dorothy Graham Memorial Fund

Grace C. Stebbins

Robert Wallace Judy A. Warner

Denise Zembryki and Ronald Mamajek

Marie E. Greubel

Veda Stern

Aimee M. Waters

Ben Zuckerman

Mary T. Griessen

R. D. Watson

Borys Zukowski and Stephanie Korcyn-Zukowski

Grace Cooper Harrison

Kendrick C. Webb Dr. and Mrs. Edward C. Weber Marshall M. Weinberg Jim E. Weinel Darrell G. Wells Sally Wells Charles H. and Salome S. Wells Mr. and Mrs. Jack West Cynthia S. Westerman Gladys P. Westman Ginia Davis Wexler Sue Whan Anna Wheelock Roger B. White James R. Whitefield Phyllis Whitney Tabor Edward B. Whitney Charles Tucker Wilkinson Ann Byers Wille Roger M. Williams Thomas D. Williams Michael Owen Willson Gail Wilson and Tim Archibald Mr. and Mrs. Donald Winston II Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Winston

Bequests We are deeply honored and grateful to acknowledge gifts received during fiscal year 2010 from the estates of the following individuals:

Thomas A. Griffin Marvelle A. Herbster Ouida Mundy Hill Memorial Fund Florence M. Hoehne Estelle Marie Howe Carol Inberg

Mary P. Stegner Mary I. Stevenson Rebecca B. Stickney Malia Stromquist Catherine V. von Schon Dorothy B. Webber Maurice and Marion Westover Winifred S. White Alice L. Williams

Anonymous (1)

Christine E. Jacobs

Earl P. and Olive S. Andrews

Mary Louise Jones

Herman J. Ast

Grace C. Kirshner

Dorothy W. Bell

Ruth P. Shellhorn Kueser

L. Edward Bevins

Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen

Contributed Services and In-Kind Gifts

Pauline Bill

Dr. Harriet J. Kupferer

Baker & Botts, LLP

Dr. David A. Burton

Bertha A. Lewis

Breckenridge Brewery

Jeannette A. Cabeen

Mildred A. Lillis

Cascade Loop Scenic Highway

Georgia F. Cave

Robert R. Linden

David Churchill

Dale H. Champion

Guy F. Lipscomb Jr.

Katherine R. Clement

Helen C. McCabe

Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.

Evelyn G. Davies

Dr. Barbara McEwen

Opal W. and M. Cecil Davis

Ella H. Medwin

Robert D. Deets

Elise R. Meehan

Carolyn S. Dejanikus

Daniel D. Morrill

Jane C. Dirks-Edmunds, Ph.D.

Helen W. Newman

Nelson C. Doland Jr. in memory of Jayne S. Doland, and Ethel S. and Nelson C. Doland Sr.

Spaulding A. Norris Barbara A. Powell Elizabeth H. Prather

Herbert L. and Doris S. Young Henry and Susanne Zimpelmann

North Central Washington Economic Development District North Cascades Institute North Cascades National Park REI Seattle Weekly Sun Mountain Lodge

Photography: Jason K. Bach Bob Christensen Sam Cox Don Dailey John Dittli Bob Donnan Lincoln Else John Fielder Pat Gaines Bill Hodge Anne Hamersky Robert Glenn Ketchum Kent Miller Sasha Nelson Becky Nourse Alan Schmierer Wendy Shattil Bill Swindaman Tom Till Y.M.C.A. BOLD

Faegre & Benson, LLP Jenner & Block LLP KCTS 9 KMTT 103.7 The Mountain Lisk and Rowe Gallery Kevin Luzak Mazama Country Inn Susan Mowrey

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On Solid Ground: Financial Summary Because of the recession, fiscal year 2010 was a challenge for most nonprofits. All of us had to tend our contributions and investments even more carefully than usual, while putting as much funding as possible toward our missions. The Wilderness Society met that challenge, making notable progress in protecting the lands that belong to all Americans. Our capital reserves and endowment investments are at all-time highs, totaling $25.6 million. This is due to generous pledges in 2009 by donors who were able to increase their giving significantly despite the economic downturn. Meanwhile, unrestricted net assets from operations increased by $568,000. In addition, we managed spending wisely, so expenses in 2010 were lower than they were in 2008, enabling us to add funds to our reserves. Expenditures for program were 82 percent of total expenses in 2010 and 79 percent in 2009. Our revenues were $12.2 million less in 2010 than in 2009. While this appears troubling, that gap is almost entirely attributable to one pledge received in 2009 to be used over three years. This pledge was recorded as temporarily restricted income to be moved into unrestricted income over the life of the gift.

Our Members and Supporters

Fiscal Year 2010 Expenses 5%





Revenues and Assets








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If you would like to receive a copy of our audited financial statements, or if you have any questions about this overview or The Wilderness Society, please contact us at: The Wilderness Society Attn: Membership Services 1615 M Street, NW • Washington, DC 20036-3209 E-mail: or visit: 32 I The Wilderness Society




Statements of Financial Position (Fiscal years ended September 30)

Assets Cash and cash equivalents Accounts and contributions receivable Investments Planned giving investments Long-term receivables Beneficial interest in assets held by others Prepaid and other assets Furniture, equipment and leasehold improvements (net) Total assets Liabilities Accounts payable and accrued expenses Capitlal Lease Obligation Custodial funds Deferred rent Planned giving liabilities Net Assets Unrestricted Temporarily restricted Permanently restricted Total liabilities and net assets





579,859 10,522,057 25,581,858 5,703,670 663,297 7,190,283 899,168 2,012,387 $ 53,152,579

$ 1,442,778 12,545,623 20,630,169 5,731,044 5,082,819 7,168,444 562,191 2,334,293 $ 55,497,361

$ 1,318,284 9,765,043 17,209,557 6,417,854 6,095,243 6,340,283 551,988 2,335,318 $ 50,033,570

$ 3,282,266 19,453 26,030 105,378 3,196,300 6,629,427

$ 2,904,544 39,268 26,030 235,358 3,495,372 6,700,572

$ 3,252,730 171,094 26,030 446,837 3,776,872 7,673,563

8,071,666 27,131,089 11,320,397 46,523,152 $ 53,152,579

7,072,978 30,459,242 11,264,569 48,796,789 $5 5,497,361

5,963,707 25,284,903 11,111,397 42,360,007 $ 50,033,570

$ 11,909,951 7,803,470 633,852 20,347,273 361,127 1,886,519 22,594,919

$ 26,160,097 6,004,290 372,385 32,536,772 698,753 1,353,480 34,589,005

$ 16,976,002 6,979,435 909,731 24,865,168 533,044 652,827 26,051,039

18,603,273 5,531,832 24,135,105

17,556,328 5,213,443 22,769,771

17,810,909 3,747,813 21,558,722

2,320,143 1,584,533 3,904,676 1,604,523 5,509,199 29,644,304 (7,049,385) 2,600,408 2,696,238 (520,898) (2,273,637) 48,796,789 $ 46,523,152

2,516,565 1,883,328 4,399,893 1,474,646 5,874,539 28,644,310 5,944,695 1,433,630 (894,582) (46,961) 6,436,782 42,360,007 $ 48,796,789

Statements of Activities Revenues Individuals Foundations Corporations Total contributions Investment income Other Total revenues Expenses Program Services Conservation projects Public education Support services Membership Development Total fundraising Management and general Total expenses Change in net assets from operations Gains (losses) from investments and other changes Change in value of split-interest agreements Other changes in net assets Change in net assets Beginning net assets Ending net assets

4,607,209 3,215,333 7,822,542 1,459,330 9,281,872 30,840,594 (4,789,555) (5,794,137) (2,494,943) (4,560) (13,083,195) 55,443,202 $ 42,360,007

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Governing Council and Staff © Holly Werran, courtesy of REI

Anne R. Conn, Seattle, WA Margo Earley, Mount Hood, OR

Frederick L. Silbernagel III, Senior VP (Finance & Administration)

Chris and Margot Enbom, San Anselmo, CA

Amy Vedder, Senior VP (Conservation)

Dan Flickinger, Seattle, WA

Paula Wolferseder Yabar, Senior VP (Membership, Marketing & Development)

Ed Groark, McLean, VA Ann Harvey, Wilson, WY Gerald and Lena Hirschler, Kirkland, WA Jeffrey Kenner, New York, NY Michael and Ann Loeb, New York, NY Henry D. Lord, New Haven, CT Patrick and Sandy Martin, Evanston, IL Edward A. Ames, Riverdale, NY James R. Baca, Albuquerque, NM Thomas A. Barron, Boulder, CO Richard Blum, San Francisco, CA

David Getches, Boulder, CO Caroline M. Getty, Corona Del Mar, CA Reginald “Flip” Hagood, Washington, DC

David Bonderman, Fort Worth, TX*

Marcia Kunstel, Jackson, WY, Secretary*

Crandall Bowles, Charlotte, NC

Kevin Luzak, New York, NY, Treasurer*

William M. Bumpers, Cabin John, MD

Michael A. Mantell, Sacramento, CA

Majora Carter, Bronx, NY

Dave Matthews, Charlottesville, VA

Bethine Church, Boise, ID

Molly McUsic, Chevy Chase, MD, Vice Chair*

Bertram J. Cohn, New York, NY William J. Cronon, Ph.D., Madison, WI, Vice Chair* Brenda S. Davis, Ph.D., Bozeman, MT*

Christina Wong, Tempe, AZ

Janice Miller, Pacific Palisades, CA Priscilla Natkins, Scarsdale, NY

Hansjörg Wyss, West Chester, PA*

Diane Parish and Paul Gelburd, Sausalito, CA

* member of Executive Committee

Nancy Plaxico, Annapolis, MD

Honorary Council

Gaylan Rockswold, M.D., Ph.D., Minneapolis, MN

Frances G. Beinecke, Bronx, NY

Carl and Jan Siechert, Pasadena, CA

Robert O. Blake, Washington, DC

Robin Stebbins, Ph.D., Silver Spring, MD

Gilman Ordway, Wilson, WY Charles Wilkinson, Boulder, CO

Ted and Penny Thomas, Princeton, NJ

Heather Kendall Miller, Anchorage, AK

President’s Council

Scott A. Nathan, Boston, MA

Gail Austin, Georgetown, KY

Andrew Turner, Ph.D. and Barbara Turner, Seattle, WA

Jaime Pinkham, St. Paul, MN

Allan and Marilyn Brown, Portola Valley, CA

Christopher J. Elliman, New York, NY

Rebecca L. Rom, Edina, MN

Joseph H. Ellis, Cornwall, CT

Theodore Roosevelt IV, New York, NY

David J. Field, Gladwyne, PA

Patrick L. Smith, Arlee, MT

George T. Frampton, New York, NY

Cathy Douglas Stone, Boston, MA

Jerry F. Franklin, Ph.D., Issaquah, WA

Sara Vera, Seattle, WA

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Douglas Walker, Seattle, WA, Chair*

Frances Chamberlin Carter, Green Valley, AZ David* and Barbara Churchill, Bethesda, MD Stewart and Judith Colton, Short Hills, NJ

William H. Meadows, President

James and Margaret Ellsworth, Mill Valley, CA

Rick Flory and Lee Robert, Paradise Valley, AZ

Governing Council


Marshall Hackett Whiting and Richard Arnold, Telluride, CO Edward B. Whitney, New York, NY Eleanor and Frederick M. Winston, Wayzata, MN Marsha M. Zelus, Carmel, CA * Chair of the President’s Council

Communications and Marketing Jane Taylor, Vice President Laura Bailey, Bennett H. Beach, Lisa Dare, Emily Diamond-Falk, Jennifer Dickson, Ted Fickes, Andrea Imler, Brenda Kane, Kathy Kilmer, Annette Kondo, Christopher Lancette, David Madison, Neil Shader, Jennifer Stephens, Kitty Thomas, Tashia Tucker, Jared White

Executive Mandy DeVine, Leslie Jones (General Counsel), Linda Saunders Smith, Kathleen Welsch

Finance Ashford Chancelor, Vice President Ray Boyer, David Conley, Gina Even, Sharon Hess, Julie Hogan, Diane Jackson, Maria Saponara, Stacey Terry

Membership and Development Corinne Abbott, Heather Addison, Maura Sullivan Biasi, Sean Bowie, Cullen Brady, Kristina Brownlee, Moira Chapin, Mary Dennis, Sheila Dennis, Lisa Diekmann, Jennifer Donahue, Amanda Eisen, Jodie Goldberg, Meredith Gower, Robin Hickman, Betty Holmes, Luciana Honigman, William Klass, Julie

Levine, Michael Lund, Cheryl Manley, Anthony Nelson, Jeff Ray, Jessica Rudman, Lora Sodini, Tamara Sperling, Stephanie Taylor, Sally Wells, Jennifer White, Barbara Young

Operations Lisa L. Loehr, Vice President Gerald Arthur, Anita Godfrey, Patricia Holmes, Caranda Julius, Djonggi Lubis, Terry New, Emily Rogers

Public Lands Ann J. Morgan, Vice President Jon Belak, Nada Wolff Culver, Alex Daue, Pamela Eaton, Benjamin Friedman, Phillip Hanceford, Ti Hays, Joshua Hicks, Margie Linskey, Paul Sanford, Juli Slivka, Vera Smith, Jane Steadman

Public Policy Melanie Beller, Vice President David Alberswerth, M’Shae Alderman, Cecilia Clavet, Liese Dureau Dart, Nevena Djurdjevic, Michael Francis, Jessica Goad, Chase Huntley, J. P. Leous, Anne M. Merwin, David Moulton, Alan Rowsome, Louise Tucker

Regional Conservation Sara Barth, Vice President Bob Ekey, Assistant Vice President (Northwest) Leanne Klyza Linck, Assistant Vice President (East) Melyssa Watson, Assistant Vice President (Southwest) Anna Wlodarczyk; ALASKA: Nicole Whittington-Evans (Director), Lois Epstein, Karen Hardigg, Connie Quinley, Lydia Olympic, Austin Williams; CALIFORNIA/NEVADA: Dan Smuts (Director), Bryce Esch,

Richard Fairbanks, Samuel Goldman, Sally Miller, Daniel Rossman, Stanley Van Velsor; COLORADO: Suzanne Jones (Director), Camille BrightSmith, Barbara Hawke, Soren Jespersen, Steve Smith; UTAH: Julie Mack (Director), Steve Knox; IDAHO: Craig Gehrke (Director), Brenda Bielke, Bradley Brooks, John McCarthy; NORTHEAST: Ben Rose (Director), Brian Gagnon, Mary Krueger, Jeremy Sheaffer; NORTHERN ROCKIES: Peter Aengst (Director), Megan Birzell, Scott Brennan, Anne Carlson, Jennifer Ferenstein, Janelle Holden, Steff Kessler, Anne Rockhold; PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Peter Dykstra (Director), Julianne Bukey, Kathleen Craig, Bob Freimark, Cynthia Wilkerson; SOUTHEAST: Brent Martin (Director), Jill Gottesman; SOUTHWEST: Michael Casaus (Director), Zoe Krasney; WILDERNESS SUPPORT CENTER: Jeremy Garncarz (Director), Ryan Bidwell, Michael Carroll, Michael Costello, Melissa Giacchino, Matt Keller, Bart Koehler, Nicole Layman, Lindsey Levick, Michael Quigley, Paul Spitler, Jeff Widen

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by David Matthews How would I explain a forest to Someone who has never been in one – The trees and the wind thru them, The birds and their songs and Their acrobatic flight about the branches. The smell of the last time and The time before and the time before That, that I was in the woods. The Sound and the silence. The peace And the crunch of the leaves and the branches On the snow. The sound of a stream or A woodpecker or a squirrel disappearing. And the trees reaching up and up And up to gather the sun and turn Light to air, to jigsaw the moonlit winter Sky. The trees like a fortress for the natural World. What if I could not take my Children for a walk in the woods.

Front Cover: Mountain goats at Glacier National Park. © Art Wolfe/ Back Cover: Bob Marshall Wilderness. © Jeff L. Fox

The Wilderness Society 2010 Annual Report  

.This is the 2010 Annual Report of The Wilderness Society, America's only organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of federa...