Winter Wildlands Alliance is dedicated to preserving winter wildlands and quality human-powered snowsports experiences on public lands. We represent a growing community of backcountry and Nordic skiers, splitboarders, snowshoers, climbers, climate researchers, and other human-paced winter explorers, from Maine to California to Alaska. Our members, and the members of our 40 different grassroots groups nationwide, deeply value natural winter soundscapes and the opportunity for solitude and escape afforded by the last remaining places across the American West where solitude, fundamental wildness and non-motorized experiences are preserved. From the backcountry to Washington D.C., Winter Wildlands Alliance works with land managers, elected officials, grassroots groups and other partners to pursue a balanced approach to winter recreation management for the long-term protection of the places where we play.
Many National Forests across the country are undertaking forest plan revisions. Forest plans are guiding documents that set general management direction for a national forest for 15-30 years. Participating in forest plan revision is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to shape the long-term future of national forests.
Much of our work directly supports efforts led by our grassroots groups at the local level. We assist by providing policy expertise, organizing tools, and/or amplification of issues and projects they are working on. Here are some examples:
Legislative policy related to protecting public lands and improving recreation opportunities and management
Land & Water Conservation Fund reauthorization
National Environmental Policy Act reform
Forest Service Environmental Assessment and Decision Making reform
In 2015, in part because of our work, the Forest Service issued new national guidelines for planning how and where winter motorized use can occur on our National Forests. This new rule was a huge step forward for human-powered recreation, because for the first time the Forest Service is required to implement a “zoning” approach to the backcountry, with some trails and areas designated for motorized use and other areas set aside for non-motorized users or wildlife. Please visit our Winter Travel Management page to learn more.
As the government shutdown drags into its third week, the impacts are being felt by people across the country, including backcountry skiers and other snowsports enthusiasts.
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Report from DC: what will midterm election results and a new Congress in 2019 mean for backcountry skiers and other winter explorers who love public lands?
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