Spotlight On: 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Your Wilderness - October 2012

Sept. 3, 2014, may be almost 700 days away, but planning for the celebration of that notable date, the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, is well under way and has been for at least two years.

Already, the four federal agencies responsible for managing the National Wilderness Preservation System have joined national wilderness organizations in formally committing to spotlight and celebrate the nation's wilderness in the months leading up to the anniversary. You can read the full text of the agreement among the agencies—the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management, and the Society for Wilderness Stewardship.

Looking ahead to 2014, one important event, the 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Conference, is on the calendar for Oct. 15-17 in Albuquerque, N.M., and it's very likely that the 50th Anniversary National Planning Team will fill 2014 with events across the country, so that everyone has an opportunity to celebrate.

Keeping up-to-date on the latest plans, events, contests, and more is easy: Follow the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Facebook and visit the official website.

Pew is playing a key role in planning for this historic anniversary and looks forward to celebrating with you. 

President Johnson's Remarks at the signing of the Wilderness Preservation Act: