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Ventana Wilderness Alliance

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.

Spring 2024 Newsletter

As I approach the two-year mark, getting to know the community of supporters who share our love for the Ventana Wilderness has been inspiring—I’ve also enjoyed meeting people unfamiliar with our organization. During conversations with them, after a brief summary of the VWA’s areas of focus, they’ll ask, “Where is your office located?” and their confused reaction always necessitates backstory.

In 1998, a group of friends who were avid backpackers with a deep appreciation for the Ventana Wilderness felt these lands were unique, special, and worth protecting. They set up shop in a spare office one of them had in Santa Cruz and founded a non-profit with the sole focus of expanding Wilderness designation for these lands. The VWA has been doing good work from our base in Santa Cruz ever since, with a greatly expanded scope to include education, advocacy, and stewardship.

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Ventana Trails Forever Campaign

"For over a decade the Ventana Wilderness Alliance has led the grassroots effort to protect the wilderness qualities of the Ventana Region, along the Big Sur Coast. VWA volunteers also contribute thousands of hours each year maintaining the public trails in the Ventana back country. I support their conservation work and endorse the Ventana Trails Forever campaign."
- Robert Redford, Actor, Director, Conservationist
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