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Wilderness Program: 50th Anniversary Home page
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. Now, 50 years later and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.
The Rocky Mountain Region's 50th Anniversary website will be cataloging all regional 50th Anniversary events, meetings, programs, and projects occurring between now and 2014 and is dedicated to raising awareness of wilderness throughout our region. At the national level, we will provide links to the 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Planning Team (Wilderness50) website, Wilderness50.
The 50th Anniversary website will have three main categories of information. These categories will be accessible from a navigation bar at the top of each page. You can select from the categories below to jump to specific 50th Anniversary information:
Links to help prospective hosts organize local and regional events
50th Anniversary Wilderness Information Map
The Regional Wilderness Information Map below shows the boundaries of the five states within the Rocky Mountain Region. You can use this map to begin your exploration of the wilderness areas of our region in time to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act signing.
To view 50th anniversary wilderness information, move your cursor over a state you are interested in. When the cursor is over a state, a filled-in map outline and tool tip will appear. Once you are on top of the state you want, click the cursor on the green map outline and a link will open to that state's Wilderness Information page. Once you are redirected to the state map, you will then be able to select the individual wilderness that you would like information about.