TWS EOY press release

A mom, a cowboy and a young American hero
Meet three Wilderness Society supporters and hear why they depend on wilderness Watch videos now

As 2012 draws to a close, The Wilderness Society salutes all Americans working to protect wilderness. Meet three Wilderness Society supporters and get inspired to make a pledge for wilderness.


From the streets of New York to trails in the Southern Appalachians

Jose Arroyo is a city kid who’s had a hard life but persevered to become a Midshipman Candidate in the U.S. Naval Academy. Find out how he teams up with The Wilderness Society building trails to access wilderness just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


An unlikely conservationist joins forces with The Wilderness Society

Dan Smitherman is a Wyoming outfitter with a handlebar mustache and a love for the Upper Hoback Basin. Full of wildlife and beauty, this piece of Greater Southern Yellowstone was threatened by natural gas development. Then along came Dan.


An everyday mom with a penchant for out-of-the-way places

Discover why Montana photographer Lynn Donaldson relies on wilderness as a parent and “professional tumbleweed.” She specializes in photographing communities surrounded and shaped by wild places, and she wants her kids to grow up as “little Tom Sawyers.”



The Wilderness Society is the leading public-lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.