Joining Wild Wilderness
Unlike many similar groups, Wild Wilderness does not have an official membership with dues and annual enrollment. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit group. It uses volunteers as staff and relies on private donations. The group requests and welcomes donations, and its Web site is equipped with PayPal to facilitate donors [source: Wild Wilderness].
Wild Wilderness is not focused on collecting money, however. Instead, the group prefers to encourage activism in local communities as well as at the national level. It supports letter-writing campaigns to newspaper editors or to members of Congress. The organization also favors signing and circulating petitions and keeping informed about wilderness-related issues that affect all citizens. To aid in disseminating that information, the Web site has a special blog section. The executive director comments there regularly. The organization also supports rallies that oppose privatizing public lands. It has worked with groups at local, state and regional levels to fight the passage of forest access fees and to prevent new fees from being passed into law. In addition, the group works with lawyers to assist people who are bringing legal challenges to the issues surrounding paying access fees [source: Wild Wilderness].
If you're a lover of wild places left unspoiled, check out this group's Web site for yourself. Read the blogs and comments and find out about pending legislation and legal challenges to laws. See how you can aid in the mission of preserving wild lands so that generations to come can experience the same enjoyment from the wilderness as you have.
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- Berwyn, Bob. "Senate to Review Public Land Fees." (Accessed 12/9/08)http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20051019/NEWS/110190044
- Borowski, John F. "Take the Word 'Public' and Insert 'Corporate' Into the Phrase 'Public Lands.'" (Accessed 12/10/08)http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1207-37.htm
- Silver, Scott. "The Recreation Fee Demonstration and Beyond." (Accessed 12/10/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/beyond.htm
- U.S. Forest Service. "About Recreation Fees." (Accessed 12/10/08)http://www.fs.fed.us/passespermits/about-rec-fees.shtml
- Wild Wilderness. "About Us." (Accessed 12/9/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/content/view/14/32/
- Wild Wilderness. "The Future of Public Lands Recreation." (Accessed 12/10/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/future.htm
- Wild Wilderness. "Mission Statement." (Accessed 12/10/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/mission.htm
- Wild Wilderness. "Recreation Fee Demonstration Program Protest Art." (Accessed 12/10/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/artwork.htm
- Wild Wilderness. "Support Wild Wilderness." (Accessed 12/11/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/content/view/62/81/
- Wild Wilderness. "Welcome to Original/Classic Wild Wilderness Homepage." (Accessed 12/9/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/index_old.html
- Wild Wilderness. "Welcome to Wild Wilderness." (Accessed 12/9/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/
- Wild Wilderness. "What We Do." (Accessed 12/9/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/content/view/15/34/
- Wild Wilderness. "Why Does This Web Site Exist?" (Accessed 12/10/08)http://www.wildwilderness.org/docs/why.htm