Backcountry ski season is underway. Help protect the places you love by joining Winter Wildlands Alliance.

Policy Director Hilary Eisen explains step-by-step how the Council for Environmental Quality is re-writing its regulations to the National Environmental Policy Act and reveals some of the tactics they’re using to limit public engagement on government decision-making.

Wilderness touches people in diverse ways. For me, wilderness connects, motivates, inspires, and calms my being. I feel an awe that comes with new experiences, or even the same experiences on a different day. Venturing into the wilderness forces me to be truly in the moment, which never fails to give me a new perspective and a certain awareness.

Our winter 2020 issue of Trail Break just published with stories about backcountry advocacy in the northeast, winter recreation, wildlife, the Backcountry Film Festival’s history and more.

For a long time, we’ve understood that motorized recreation disturbs wintering wildlife, and land managers often close winter ranges to motor vehicles to protect vulnerable species. However, new research is showing that non-motorized recreation, like backcountry skiing, can disturb wintering wildlife, too.