The John Muir Trust
Established as a membership organisation in 1983 to conserve wild land and wild places for the benefit of all, the Trust has over 10,000 members internationally. The organisation was inspired by the work of Scottish-born conservationist John Muir – a key figure in the modern conservation movement, particularly in the USA where he worked to save Yosemite National Park and other areas of wilderness. Building on Muir’s reputation there, the Trust has links with the Sierra Club, which John Muir founded in California in 1892.
The John Muir Trust owns some of the finest wild land in the highlands and islands of Scotland: land on Skye, the Knoydart peninsula and Sandwood, as well as Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and part of Schiehallion. As well as protecting landscapes, the Trust works to restore natural habitats and encourage native species. It works with local people and communities, seeks to increase awareness and understanding of wild places.
In addition to memberships, there are appeals for certain projects as well that you can donate to if you wish – so you could potentially go and visit the site that benefits from your donation.
Photo: Heading up Ben Nevis