Our Milestones


Wild Ecosystems Conservation Initiative founded, with a mission to conserve biodiversity, restore wildlands and ensure in perpetuity the ecological processes of native ecosystems.

WECI began public access infrastructure and wilderness activism campaigns throughout Wisconsin.  These efforts focused on building sustainable infrastructure for eco-tourism and furthering wilderness education.

Photo from Protect Gold Butte Campaign


WECI created an ecological restoration program with the Wisconsin DNR to preserve and restore Wisconsin's greatest biological hotspots of rare flora, State Natural Areas.

WECI created a grassroots activism campaign partnering with several environmental conservation organizations, successful in designating Gold Butte National Monument.

WECI secured protection for approximately 3,650-acres of wilderness in the Aysen Region of Chilean Patagonia.  This was our first step toward creating the future Cerro Altavista National Park and permanently protecting the threatened Rio Pascua.


WECI began a wilderness study and activism campaign to designate the remaining roadless areas in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan as new congressionally designated Wilderness areas.

WECI began an ecological research and activism campaign to create Katalalixar National Park, a new fjord wilderness park and future crown jewel of the Chilean National Park System.

Photo by Antofaya Expeditions