The Utah Wilderness Coalition (UWC), an assembly of 240 different local, regional and national organizations, was organized in 1985. The coalition functions as the primary mechanism for communication and consensus building among its member organizations.
Primary leadership within the coalition is provided by Executive Committee organizations, currently including Sierra Club, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, the Wastach Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society. The coalition also serves a grassroots-organizing role when activities transcend the work of an individual member organization.
The coalition seeks to protect wilderness values on public lands in Utah, concentrating efforts on the protection of wilderness quality Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands. For over a decade, the UWC has promoted the Citizen's Proposal which would protect over 9 million acres of public land in Utah by placing them in the Wilderness Preservation System. This Citizen's Proposal was developed in response to a flawed BLM wilderness inventory that resulted in an inadequate BLM wilderness recommendation of land to be protected. The UWC is the vehicle through which ordinary citizens as well as environmental groups are able to organize themselves to re-asses the BLM's proposal.