California Wilderness Coalition (Oakland, CA)


  • Name:Ms. Dana Saks
  • Title:Associate Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:California Wilderness Coalition
  • Address:1212 Broadway, Suite 1700
    Oakland, CA 94612
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:510-451-1450
  • Main fax:510-451-1445

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  • Mission:
  • CWC is dedicated to protecting California’s unique natural landscapes that provide clean air and water, a home to wildlife, and a place for recreation and spiritual renewal. Our goal is to protect and restore California’s wildlands and native biodiversity. We are the only organization dedicated to doing so on a statewide level. Since 1976, we have empowered local communities and conservationists to be the voice for wild California.

    We have enlisted the support of citizens and policymakers in our efforts to preserve California’s wild spaces through advocacy, legislative action, hands-on stewardship projects and public education. Since our founding in 1976, CWC has spearheaded campaigns that have resulted in the permanent protection of over 13 million acres of public lands. In 2009, for example, our efforts led to the designation of over 700,000 acres of wilderness in California through the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. We also defend wild places on public land throughout the state from unwise development, and have begun to lead restoration projects in wild areas threatened by invasive plants or illegal off-highway vehicle use. CWC has an administrative office in Oakland and field offices in Redding and Upland. We have seven staff members, an eleven-member Board of Directors, and over 5,000 members. We have 80 member groups such as Friends of the River, Natural Resources Defense Council, Friends of the Inyo, and the National Parks Conservation Association. CWC publishes a quarterly news journal, the Wilderness Record, a bi-monthly email update and activist alerts.

    In our campaigns CWC is committed to a collaborative process of working with a broad-based and diverse constituency in both rural and urban settings. We work hard to generate support for our efforts in the counties affected by our proposals, as opposed to the traditional model of building support for conservation only in the state’s large urban centers. We coordinate our efforts with community leaders, businesspeople, local organizations, policymakers, outdoor enthusiasts, and activists. We strive to empower local citizens by involving them in campaign planning and decision-making. Where local activists or organizations exist, our goal is never to supplant them but rather to augment their effectiveness by providing training, additional local organizers, mapping services, advice and other forms of assistance. Where local groups do not exist, we try to create them. One of our ultimate goals is for all critical wild places in the state to have a “friends of” group working to protect and restore them.

  • History:
  • The passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964 not only protected many important wild places, but it provided wilderness advocates with a powerful tool that they could use to preserve wild lands throughout the state. By the mid-1970s, however, only a small fraction of California’s wild lands had legal protection as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Over 85 percent of wilderness-eligible lands in the state were still threatened by road-building, motorized vehicle use, logging, or other forms of development. Moreover, not a single environmental group in California was focused solely on wilderness protection statewide.

    Conservationists Jim Eaton, Bob Schneider, Phil Farrell, Don Morrill, and Jeff Barnickol decided to address this need when they founded the CWC in 1976. Since then, we have worked to:

    • Pass the Endangered American Wilderness Act of 1978 that established several well-known wilderness areas, including Golden Trout and Ventana.
    • Organize support for the protection of roadless areas in national forests. In 1979 the US Forest Service (USFS) released the results of its Roadless Area Review and Evaluation (RARE II), in which it recommended roadless areas within its jurisdiction either for “wilderness,” “no wilderness,” or “further planning.” To the great disappointment of conservationists, RARE II only recommended wilderness designation for about one-sixth of the roadless areas in California, leaving the rest vulnerable to development. CWC played a key early role in sounding the alarm about the inadequacy of these recommendations, and eventually the USFS was compelled to reconsider the proposals. We have been fighting to protect these roadless areas ever since.

    • Ensure that the Bureau of Land Management land designated many important areas as wilderness study areas (WSA). This designation meant that the areas would receive a significant degree of protection until Congress could decide whether or not they should be designated as wilderness.

    • Convince citizens and decision makers to support the California Wilderness Act of 1984 that designated over three million acres as wilderness. CWC staff learned many valuable lessons working with Representative Philip Burton (D-San Francisco) and others on this bill.

    • Mobilize statewide support for desert wilderness. These efforts finally paid off with the passage of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-California) California Desert Protection Act (CDPA) of 1994, which designated over 7,660,000 acres as wilderness.

    • Successfully coordinate the Citizens Wilderness Inventory from 1998-2001 where we mapped over seven million acres of land in California that was eligible for wilderness designation but that remained unprotected. This first-ever attempt at a comprehensive survey of wild places served as a “menu” for future wilderness legislation.

    • Pass Representative Mike Thompson’s (D-Napa) and Senator Barbara Boxer’s (D-California) Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2006 that protected over 275,000 acres of federal land as wilderness, including the stunning King Range on California’s fabled Lost Coast.

    • Pass Senator Boxer’s and Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon’s (R-Santa Clarita) Eastern Sierra and Northern San Gabriel Mountains Wild Heritage Act. When the measure passed as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, it either designated or enlarged the Ansel Adams, John Muir and White Mountains wilderness areas among others.

    • Pass Representative Mary Bono Mack’s (R-Palm Springs) California Desert and Mountain Heritage Act that protected 200,000 acres of wilderness when it was signed in to law as part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

    • Identify, map, and conduce on-the-ground research of nearly 300,000 acres of proposed wilderness areas that are now included in Senator Feinstein’s CDPA of 2010. The CWC continues to work with local citizens, user groups, businesses, elected officials, chambers of commerce, and Native American tribes to win support for the measure.

  • Year established:1976
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:7


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:51-0183228

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:510183228
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  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 11094
  • Organization City:OAKLAND
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94611-0094
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1976
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):994, 350
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code, Preservation of natural resources (conservation)
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$143,825
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$546,964
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$540,992
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 12:57:38 pm

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