Protecting Wyoming Public Wildlands


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Our mission is to protect Wyoming's public wildlands.

WWA is a non-profit conservation group that began in 1979 as a group of local wilderness advocates who envisioned the passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act.  This small volunteer, grassroots group began educating, training, and organizing Wyoming citizens to secure the passage of the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act. The Act permanently protected 1.1 million acres of ecologically diverse, wild landscapes. WWA was re-started and incorporated with the State of Wyoming in 1994 to serve as a local voice for the protection of Wilderness and roadless areas.  As of 2020, WWA has 4,500 members and supporters. Their voice gives us the inspiration to continue to strive for a wild Wyoming!

Upcoming Outings

Teton Area Outings

Cultural Landscape of Togwotee Pass

Date TBD

 This unique outing, led by members of Restoring Shoshone Ancestral Food Gathering (RSAFG) goes into the Togwotee Pass BTNF priority landscape. RSAFG members will share practices for gathering traditional plants and medicines, discuss the significance of harvesting on their ancestral homelands, and talk about how gathering asserts Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights.

Bighorn Mountain Outings

Thursday, Oct 13th

Take a day off work this fall and join WWA and The Hub as we hike up a portion of the Wild and Scenic eligible river corridor of the geologically rich Tongue River Canyon. From the footbridge onwards and flanked by sheer canyon walls approximately 1,000 feet high, this segment of the Tongue River is characterized by outstanding scenery, colorful cliffs, and roaring rapids.

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Lander Area Events

Run The Red

Saturday, September 24

Run the Red is Wyoming’s premier trail running event dedicated to celebrating and conserving the Red Desert — a rugged, vast and storied landscape.

Tongue River Canyon

Join us on adventures into wild landscapes and on backcountry stewardship projects to maintain recreational opportunities and care for our public lands. They are grouped into the state location areas, so you can find the outings and stewardship opportunities closest to you. Members of WWA get priority registration for our outings, so please join or renew today!

We will be adding more outing, as details are finalized, in July, August and September. 

Wyoming Wilderness Association would like to recognize that public wildlands are Native lands, and that more than twenty indigenous tribes are connected to Wyoming including, the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota bands), Hinono’ei (Arapaho), Sáhniš (Arikara), Panati (Bannock), Niitsitapi (Blackfeet), Tsistsistas (Cheyenne), Apsaalooké (Crow), A'aninin (Gros Ventre), [Gáuigú (Kiowa), Nimi'ipuu (Nez Perce), Tukudeka (Sheep Eater), Newe (Shoshone) and Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute). These tribes were forcibly and often violently removed from the areas where Wyoming’s public wildlands and communities now exist. 

Our main office is located in Sheridan, WY on land of the Apsaalooké, Tsistsistas, and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ people. The Sheridan area’s land was originally promised to be the reservation designated for the Northern Arapaho Band. This agreement was never confirmed or ratified, leaving the Northern Arapaho with no designated land for their reservation and placed indefinitely on the Shoshone Reservation, which is now the Wind River Indian Reservation. 

We respect all native people’s historic, present, and future presence in Wyoming and across the country. Far too often native people are discussed as relics of the past, rather than vital members of living cultures with the ability to offer keystone perspectives and wisdom regarding a path forward. We value the indigenous commitment to land stewardship that has kept our wildernesses pristine for generations to enjoy, and acknowledge that the wildlands we protect today were far from vacant of a human presence before the anglo-american arrival. We seek the involvement and advocacy from Wyoming’s original land inhabitants and stewards in the work we do. 

WWA would lastly like to admit that this land acknowledgement, as well as our commitment to engaging Native peoples in our work is far from perfect. We welcome and encourage all feedback and suggestions.

Our Wilderness Partners

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