Winter Wildlands Alliance Gives Solitude a Voice
Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.
Formed in February, 2000, Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA) works on behalf of snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders, winter hikers, and other outdoor adventurers by addressing local, regional, and national issues that impact winter ecology and winter recreation. The organization's primary objective is to use education and collaboration to work toward responsible stewardship of winter landscapes, while ensuring quality opportunities for a diverse range of winter recreation.
Winter Wildlands believes winter wildland adventurers and future generations should have sizable areas of public land on which to experience the natural sights, sounds, and winter beauty of public lands free of motorized vehicles, and that our backcountry wildlife habitat should be protected from the negative impacts of motorized intrusion such as snowmobiles. We also believe it is the mandate of federal land-management agencies to responsibly manage motorized access to these cherished assets to ensure their protection for future generations.
At a national level, Winter Wildlands Alliance works with the Forest Service to develop better guidelines for winter management. At the same time, we seek legal recourse to the regulatory loophole that leaves most National Forest units with no management of motorized use in the winter.
Winter Wildlands Alliance also supports small grassroots groups across the nation with policy expertise and mentoring. Contact a group near you to learn more about winter wildlands issues in your area:
Backcountry Film Festival
Winter Wildlands Alliance presents the Backcountry Film Festival annually as a low cost and fun event to attract like-minded winter recreationists and raise money for local causes. Both grassroots and professional filmmakers show audiences their love of the winter outdoors.
See if the 2012-13 Backcountry Film Festival is coming to your area and watch this year's trailer:
Winter Wildlands Alliance's national SnowSchool program is the largest national program devoted to on-snow winter ecology field trips for elementary school students.
The SnowSchool program provides snowshoes (thanks to sponsors Atlas and MSR) and links schools with nearby public land managers to bring the snow into the classroom and the class into the snow.
At nature centers, museums, and National Parks, students experience the winter environment firsthand on snowshoes, study their local landscapes and ecological community, and hopefully become future stewards of our remaining wild places.
For more info visit www.snowschool.org.
About the Winter Wildlands Alliance
Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization with a mission of promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands. It and its Backcountry Film Festival are among the outdoor and environmental nonprofits that Trailspace supports.
Learn more at WinterWildlands.org. The author is the Programs Director of Winter Wildlands Alliance.