Protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the public lands within California's northern Santa Lucia Mountains and Big Sur coast.
Founded in 1998, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) is a California nonprofit corporation with IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. It is dedicated to protecting the wildlands of California's northern Santa Lucia mountain range. VWA is composed of people from all walks of life who share a love of Wilderness and a goal to ensure it remains wild in perpetuity.
So much has happened since our last newsletter. Trail crews resurrected major backcountry arteries, including the long-lost South Fork Trail. The VWA relocated its base of operations and we reimagined our website. Big Sur was subjected to an unprecedented level of summer visitation. The transfer of public lands to state and private interests became an official component of the GOP platform. Ringleaders of the absurd Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation embarked on a journey through the criminal justice system. But mostly, we watched helplessly as the Soberanes Fire spread from Garrapata State Park to surrounding communities, destroying homes and scorching private, county and state lands before establishing a stronghold within the Los Padres National Forest.