New Website Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Image: Even children know why the wild places in America are important and worth protecting—here they participate in a walk in Rapid City, SD, in support of wilderness during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act. Source: Ralph Swain / USFS.On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people.

In 2014, Americans will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act with projects and events nationwide. The website is a national clearinghouse for the 300-400 local celebration events that are anticipated to occur during 2014. While not all of the events are posted yet, the list will be growing over time. Visit to search for events near you or to post an event you will be hosting. Events will be diverse, including Walks for Wilderness, symbolic public walks, speakers, art and photography exhibits, video and film showings, musical events, and stewardship projects in wilderness.

The website is also a great source for information on our country’s wilderness system, including images, videos, podcasts and links to social media.

Log on to wilderness50th.org now and return often as we celebrate the vast and precious wilderness areas across the country.

 

 


Image: Even children know why the wild places in America are important and worth protecting—here they participate in a walk in Rapid City, SD, in support of wilderness during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act. Source: Ralph Swain / USFS.