A conservation ally heads to the White House!

The White House in spring

Andrea Hanks

A message from Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams

The results are in, and with the election of Joe Biden, we have a conservation ally headed to the White House!

With the presidential race now decided, we are ready to do everything we can to work with the incoming administration to make gains for conservation, climate and our communities.

While the country rebuilds our economy and works to overcome the pandemic, we must ensure that our public lands help to create a healthy, just and equitable future for all.

The past year has tested our nation and shown that we have the strength to tackle the work ahead. It’s time to come together across our differences to work towards a better America that respects and values all people as well as our natural world.

It will take all of us working together to undo damage from the Trump administration, and to achieve conservation gains at the scale needed to tackle the existential threats we face, but we’re ready to dig in.

We hope you will join us in this all-important work.

Here’s a look at what we want to accomplish in the coming years:

  • Protect 30% of all U.S. public lands and waters by the year 2030. Scientists say this is vital to avoiding the catastrophic consequences of climate change and species loss.
  • Make public lands part of the climate solution. This means ending their role as a major contributor to climate emissions through unchecked oil and gas leasing. It means creating more policies that ensure critical public lands are intact and working for us as carbon sinks and habitat havens that help species migrate and adapt to changing environments.
  • Ensure that all people regardless of race or background benefit equitably from our public lands. These shared lands should be accessible, safe and welcoming for all people and contribute to a healthy future for all communities.   
  • Roll back the Trump administration’s attacks on our bedrock environmental laws and protections.

Now is the time to build a better future for all and increase the health and vitality of America’s wild places and our air, water and communities. We look forward to working with a Biden-Harris administration, and with you and everyone who loves our public lands nationwide, to move toward this better future together.


Jamie Williams, President