California Wilderness Coalition (Oakland, CA)


  • Name:Kristi Davis
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:California Wilderness Coalition
  • Address:PO Box 11094
    Oakland, CA 94611
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:510-451-1450

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:510-910-0036

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  • Mission:
  • California is home to 37 million people. Of its nearly 100 million acres, almost half (40%) are publicly owned, and as much as half of these remain in essentially the same condition as they have for all time – since before statehood, before the gold rush, before cars, freeways, and cities became the essential habitat of the residents of our state. These wild places -- alpine tundra, arid deserts, redwood forests, oak savannas, wild river canyons, towering mountains and rugged coastline – are an important part of what makes us so fortunate to call California home. They offer a retreat from the frenetic pace of everyday life and are critically important to the ecological health of our region. They also provide clean drinking water and clean air to growing communities and refuges for wild animals and plants. Some are among the state's most popular recreation and tourism destinations, others, rarely visited.

    Thanks to the efforts of thousands of citizens, we all have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this heritage, to see that the areas and rivers already protected remain both wild and accessible to the next generations of Californians, whether they live in cities or rural areas, whether they have ever engaged in activism or not. We also have an opportunity to add to this legacy and protect more of the remaining wild areas and rivers. This is the story, the mission, and the work of the California Wilderness Coalition.

    CWC has an administrative office in Oakland and field offices in Shasta and Los Angeles counties. We have five staff members, a five-member Board of Directors, and over 5,000 members. We have 80 member groups such as, 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.

  • History:
  • CWC is the only statewide organization dedicated to protecting California’s wild lands. Our goal is to achieve wilderness designation and protection by the state or federal government for as much of the wild landscape as possible, usually through grassroots organizing for legislative action.

    The CWC was founded in 1976 by five idealistic young activists. Despite the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, which was a great victory for conservation, by the mid-1970s only a small fraction of California’s wildlands had legal protection as part of this act. 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 California Wilderness Coalition. Since then, CWC has worked to:

    • Protect 13 million acres of land as wilderness: We have helped Representative Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs), Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California), Representative Phillip Burton (D-San Francisco), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Representative Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), Representative Mike Thompson (D-Napa) and other policymakers craft and pass nine bills that protected over thirteen million acres of federal land as wilderness. Our conservation campaigns helped to permanently protect the fog-shrouded King Range Wilderness on California’s fabled “Lost Coast” to the blazing Mojave and Sonoran deserts, to the granite spires and azure lakes of the High Sierra.
    • Protect countless wild places from short-term, immediate development threats: Many times over the decades we have had to fight to protect publicly-owned wild places that were threatened by ill-conceived developments and other potentially harmful activities. Notable examples of our successful defense efforts include thwarting plans to build a large resort on the face of iconic Mount Shasta and the proposal to drill for oil in wild portions of the Los Padres National Forest (LPNF), one of the last refuges for the endangered California condor.
    • Develop and implement collaborative stewardship projects and restoration projects: We have coordinated on-the-ground stewardship projects with federal agencies, tribes, ranchers, youth, equestrians, church groups, landowners, hunters, anglers and other stakeholders that have ranged from simple day-long litter cleanups to summer-long volunteer-recruitment campaigns designed to help federal agencies with scant resources manage large wilderness areas. In recognition of our efforts, USFS Chief Tom Tidwell and USFS California Regional Forester Randy Moore named the CWC’s Senior Policy Director Ryan Henson “Partner of the Year” on November 30, 2010.

  • Year established:1976
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:5


  • 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:1814 FRANKLIN ST STE 510
  • Organization City:OAKLAND
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94612-3446
  • 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:2/19/2018 7:49:41 pm

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