A good number of Wilderness Society members would rather be out in the wilds than holding out the hat in boardrooms, it seems.

Watermelon types – green on the outside but pink through and through – have reacted to yesterday’s news that TWS are soliciting corporate donations in their usual predictable way, but the issue is causing pain at the grassroots.

“There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth amongst their hardworking activists across the country”, a source tells Crikey. “Advertising this position shows that TWS have: abandoned their integrity; abandoned their independence; ignored the passion and beliefs of their activists; ignored their members and are going broke.”