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The Wilderness Society Action Fund was created in 2017 to stop the worst attacks on public lands and waters in the history of our country.

We had just seen the Trump administration recommend unlawful cuts to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, cheered on by some of the same extreme members of Congress who were actively laying the groundwork to try and drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This played out against the backdrop of what would end up being the third warmest year on record, as global emissions from fossil fuels ticked upward and radical lawmakers sought to deny the growing body of scientific evidence behind the climate crisis. 

The Action Fund works at the legislative and grassroots levels to ensure public lands have a robust voice on Capitol Hill and at the ballot box.

It was clear we needed new strategies to hold leaders accountable. Beyond that, we saw an opportunity to build the politics for protecting our public lands and waters more broadly—to channel the passions and values of people and make conservation a winning issue. 

The Action Fund works at the legislative and grassroots levels to ensure public lands have a robust voice on Capitol Hill and at the ballot box. That means fighting against policies that would ramp up reckless drilling and mining; advocating solutions to the climate crisis that start with tackling carbon pollution from public lands; and permanently protecting treasured cultural sites, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation spots.

Buoyed by wins in the 2018 election cycle that resulted in a wave of fresh leadership in Congress, we’re eager to fight for what we believe in 2020 and beyond. We hope you’ll stand with The Wilderness Society Action Fund in this critical moment. 

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