Entries by Margosia Jadkowski

Help us protect the Gila!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Gila Wilderness, America’s first and New Mexico’s largest wilderness area. But this remarkable landscape and critical habitat is still threatened by the development of privately owned properties within it. The Wilderness Land Trust has been working with the private landowner of one of five remaining […]

Meet Trust supporter Madeleine Landis

April 5, 2024- We feel incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful and dedicated community of supporters like Madeleine. Just as wilderness draws people from all walks of life, so does our work to protect it. Enjoy this short video to get to know Madeleine and celebrate your shared love for wild places! “I pity the world […]

More wilderness added to Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

April 5, 2024- The Wilderness Land Trust recently transferred 5 acres on Wheeler Creek to public ownership in Tongass National Forest, adding it to the Kootznoowoo Wilderness. At over 17 million acres, Tongass National Forest is the nation’s largest national forest, with 35% of it designated as wilderness across 19 wilderness areas. The Tongass is often […]

Spring 2024 Wilderness Book Club Pick

First and Wildest: The Gila Wilderness at 100 Edited by Elizabeth Hightower Allen For our spring book club pick we’ve chosen First and Wildest: The Gila Wilderness at 100 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of America’s first wilderness area. In the summer of 1922, Aldo Leopold traveled on horseback up into the […]

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness grows near Crested Butte!

March 22, 2024- Just 8 miles northeast of the town of Crested Butte, the Queen Basin rises to meet the ridgelines and summit of White Rock Mountain. The basin has a rich mining history, and remnants can still be found scattered throughout it. In 2022 the Trust acquired the 10-acre Copper Glance Lode property, the […]

The Trust goes to Washington DC!

March 8, 2024- Members of our staff spent this week in Washington DC speaking with congressional and agency representatives about the importance of protecting wilderness. Given that the Trust isn’t an advocacy organization, this isn’t a part of our day-to-day work. But the happenings in DC certainly affect our work, so once a year we […]

New protections for Washington and California’s wild places

February 23, 2024- Lands added to Henry M. Jackson Wilderness & Lassen National Forest This week we are celebrating successful transfers of properties in California and Washington to public ownership! Both projects protect habitat important for maintaining biodiversity and improve connectivity across the landscape. In northern California’s Lassen National Forest, 35 acres have been protected […]

650-acre Snowmass Falls Ranch protected in landmark conservation deal

February 9, 2024- The Wilderness Land Trust is partnering with Pitkin County in a landmark conservation deal to protect the 650-acre Snowmass Falls Ranch just outside of Snowmass Village conserving two miles of valley floor filled with aspen meadows, beaver ponds, trout streams, and public trails. Located at the foot of the Elk Range, the […]

Last threat of development removed from the sacred Blanca Peak

January 26, 2024- The Wilderness Land Trust recently accepted a donation of 45 acres on the slopes of Blanca Peak, removing the last private property from the peak. Blanca Peak stands at over 14,300 feet just outside of the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness in southern Colorado. But the peak is also known by another name, one […]