This monthly issue of Your Wilderness features the latest wilderness news, including the 49th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, a trip to the Book Cliffs of Utah and the most extreme forestry policy of the last century. Sign up to receive the Campaign for America's Wilderness e-newsletter.
49 Years and Counting
This month marks the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing the Wilderness Act into law, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System, and placing the first 9 million acres in a natural condition forever.
Stop Bill That Would Mandate Logging in Every Forest
The most extreme forestry policy in more than a century could be established by a bill currently in Congress. It would make logging the top-priority use of our forests, superseding multiple-use management that gives equal standing to wildlife, water, and wilderness.
49 Years Since the Wilderness Act Became Law
Nearly 50 years and 109 million acres later, efforts to protect wild areas on national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands, as well as within national parks and national wildlife refuges, continue. Pew is working to help pass 20 wilderness bills this session of Congress that together would protect nearly 2 million acres of wilderness in 12 states. More wilderness proposals are in the pipeline, too.
Lawmakers Left Washington in August With Much Left Undone
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation today heard testimony on legislation to designate new wilderness areas in four states. The four bills would permanently protect more than 83,000 acres of public land in Maine, Michigan, Nevada, and Washington.
Book Cliffs of Utah
To say the Book Cliffs mountain range “unfolds” over 200 miles between Utah’s Price Canyon and Colorado’s Grand Valley is inexact. Rather, the bluffs and basins bend around and against themselves, revealing steep ravines and canyons cut by rivers long ago.