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Winter Wildlands Alliance is dedicated to promoting and preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports experience on public lands.
In February 2000, backcountry ski and quiet use groups from Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and California formed Winter Wildlands Alliance. These groups of activists, who for years had been working on recreation conflicts and land stewardship issues in their individual areas, recognized the need for a national organization to represent Nordic and backcountry skiers and snowshoers and to advocate the need to manage snowmobiles in order to ensure a healthy environment and intact wildlife habitat, as well as to reduce motorized impacts on human-powered snowsports.
While WWA is based in Boise, Idaho, much of our work takes place "on the ground" around the country, where our growing network of grassroots conservation and recreation groups represent winter recreationists at the local level. WWA now has 26 grassroots groups in 11 states.
WWA is also the proud coordinator of the national SnowSchool program, an innovative, science-based winter ecology program that introduces thousands of elementary school students to their winter environment and the fun of snowshoeing each year. SnowSchool currently operates at 33 sites in 13 states and provinces, from New Hampshire to Washington. Our corporate partners in the SnowSchool program are Atlas Snow Shoe Company, Mountain Safety Research, REI and Keen Footwear.
Every year Winter Wildlands Alliance puts together the Backcountry Film Festival tour, a fun night of films highlighting human-powered outdoor fun and reverie. The tour has stops throughout the U.S. and Canada.
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