This month marks the 49th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Wilderness Act into law, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System. The golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act is on September 3, 2014. We have kicked off a yearlong fundraising event with the goal to raise $100,000 to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of this.
And it’s not just us, of course. Various groups, government agencies, and businesses have convened an umbrella entity, Wild 50, which is planning to undertake a host of activities, about which you can find out more by visiting Wilderness50th.org.
We have a lot of accomplishments from the past 50 years to celebrate, but this isn’t just about looking back. It’s about looking forward to what needs to be done. Wilderness is distinctly American. Wilderness protects the water we drink and the air we breathe. Wilderness improves the quality of our lives, provides economic opportunity, and provides places to hike, hunt, camp, canoe, watch wildlife, and soothe our soul in this fast-paced society. We need to pass those amenities on to the next generation. We have to leave this county better off than when it was given to us. That is the promise of wilderness for the next 50 years.Continue Reading