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Support our Work to Protect the Ventana Wilderness
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When you join (or renew) as a member, you’ll become part of a community of people who believe the Ventana and Silver Peak Wilderness areas are ecological jewels worth protecting. For over twenty years, the Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) has worked to advocate for & steward these lands so they can remain “wild” places that everyone has access to enjoy and experience — forever. The VWA is a 501 c 3 California nonprofit organization. Our Tax ID number is 77-0532467. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.


When you make a donation as a member, where does your support go?


  • Big Sur backcountry trails can become next to impassable in a matter of a season (chronic understaffing means the US Forest Service no longer maintains these trails) — our dedicated volunteer and professional Trail Crew  works hard to keep trails maintained & in good shape.
  • Our team of 20+ Volunteer Wilderness Rangers educate backcountry visitors about campfire safety and “pack it in, pack it out” etiquette — making the forest a cleaner, safer place to visit.
  • Our Youth in Wilderness team leads Monterey Bay Area teens on free, multi-day backpacking excursions in Wildeness. Over 80% of participants served are Latine from communities historically underrepresented in outdoor spaces like National Forests. 


Your support is what makes this important work possible —
please consider becoming a monthly “sustaining” member. (We love annual donations, too!)

Why consider monthly, recurring “Sustaining Member” support?

  • You’re busy: Monthly donations are automatic. That means once you sign up, you won’t have to worry about remembering to renew your support of our work to protect the Wilderness we love — set it and forget it.
  • You’re important to us: annual renewals are one missed email away from causing memberships to lapse (and reminder emails are annoying!). 
  • You smooth things out: monthly donations evens out the ebbs and flows of our annual budget cycle. Members are a key contributor to VWA’s financial health. 

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