A chain of private parks on a landscape scale across the Western States being protected and restored, while allowing others to appreciate their natural beauty through hiking trails, campgrounds, and resorts.
— Steven Whitney, Founder
Imagine . . .
You're on a road trip, somewhere in the Western United States. As you traverse the interstate highway, you find yourself out in what one might call "the sticks." Rolling hills sweep beside you, their sagebrush green accented with more vibrant hues of flowers as they rise into majestic mountain ranges in the distance. Presently, you find yourself distracted by a sign by the road, one that reads "Western Lands Preservation: Preserve #12," accompanied by a turnoff into a mountain ravine. Being not pressed for time, you decide to turn onto the road and see what this "Preserve" is all about.
The first thing that greets you on the road is a beautiful vista. Enormous mountains swoop up into barren cliff faces as a river traipses along the side of the road. Trees overhang the path, becoming more wild and untamed the farther you go. Eventually, you find yourself at what seems to be a resort, a great wooden lodge built into a hillside, almost looking as if it was a part of the scenery. Inside, there is a restaurant overlooking the lush green valley, hotel rooms, and various shops with nature-themed items, books, and souvenirs. A man at the front desk tells you that here at Preserve #12, you can stay at one of our campsites, have a picnic at the grounds near the river, explore one of the many trails leading through the forest, or help participate in the many nature restoration projects.
In this world, Western Lands Preservation owns millions of acres of land, preserving and restoring them, while allowing others to partake in what we have created through many private lodges. Imagine it almost like a chain of private parks stretching across the Western U.S. This is what we want to bring about in the world. This is our vision. Right now, we don't have a single acre of land to preserve. But that won't stop us; we're going to achieve this vision no matter how long it takes.
Here's how we're going to get there . . .
Three Phases . . .