We rely on wilderness not only to inspire and enjoy but also to protect our watersheds, clean the air we breathe, and provide a home for the diverse species that enrich our world.

NRDC protects wildlife and unspoiled lands from the threats of industrial development, commercial exploitation, pollution, and climate change. We partner with ranchers, farmers, energy companies, and the government to promote solutions that help wild predators coexist with livestock and people. We push for international agreements that shield polar bears, elephants, rhinos, and other animals from being killed for trade. And we fight to keep reckless oil and gas drilling out of wild areas, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Boreal Forest.

Our Priorities

Wildlife Conservation

99 percent of plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act still exist today.

Wildlife Trade

Every year, tens of thousands of animals are killed for trade of their parts.

Wilderness Protection

Only 11 percent of land under the Bureau of Land Management is protected from drilling.

What's at Stake

What you can do

Save the Broadback River Valley

One of the boreal forest's last remaining untouched stretches may get destroyed by logging companies. Tell Quebec's government to stop this industrial assault.

Join Robert Redford in urging President Obama to ban all oil and gas drilling on public lands

Be a good neighbor to struggling pollinators by turning your backyard into a welcome pit stop.

Stop the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from stripping grizzlies of their protections