What We Do

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 (All day)

With thoughtful and energetic grassroots campaigns, the Wilderness Committee fights to protect wildlands, safeguards wildlife, defends the wellbeing and public access to established parks, keeps rivers a vital part of the natural environment and ensures that people can live in healthy communities.

Campaign Areas

  • The Wilderness Committee's campaigns to protect coastal rainforests, wild rivers, grasslands and boreal forests aim to preserve Canada's legendary wilderness. Preserving wild lands and keeping ecosystems intact also serves to mitigate the impacts of industrial development and climate change.

  • Imagine a Canada without killer whales, grizzly bears, spotted owls, caribou, polar bears or wild salmon. These iconic species are integral to our national heritage, yet over 700 species are currently classified as at risk in Canada. The Wilderness Committee campaigns for strong laws to protect Canada's wildlife and species at risk.

  • In Canada, 89 per cent of the land base is publicly owned. This gives governments a tremendous opportunity to manage our natural resources for sound ecological purposes and the public good. The Wilderness Committee works to protect public lands from inappropriate industrial development. From stopping old-growth logging, dams or harmful mining projects, our campaigns focus on sustainable management of Canada's natural public resources and a fundamental respect for Aboriginal title and rights.


  • Canada's national and provincial parks are home to pristine wilderness, roaring rivers, sparkling lakes, wild boreal forests, majestic grasslands and amazing wildlife. Our parks are also a public trust where people can walk, hike, swim, camp, birdwatch and connect with nature. We focus on safeguarding provincial and national parks from neglect and industrial development, while advocating for strong legislation to ensure proper management and preservation.


  • Climate disruption from the burning of fossil fuels is already responsible for major changes to our environment and our economy. The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is now higher than it has been in millions of years, and if we carry on at current rates of emissions, the future impacts here and around the world will be devastating. The science is clear: if we are to avoid the worst of these impacts, coal and unconventional fuels such as tar sands and fracked gas need to stay in the ground.