50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

High mountain lake surrounded by rockThis year is the golden anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed on Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson. The act established the country’s National Wilderness Preservation System. Today, America boasts 758 wilderness areas covering almost 110 million acres. The Forest Service alone manages 440 wilderness areas, which is a third of the entire National Forest System.

On the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest there are four wilderness areas totalling 598,600 acres. These include; Eagle Cap, Hells Canyon and portions of the Monument Rock and North Fork John Day that are shared with the adjacent national forests.

Local Events and Celebrations You Can Participate In 

To participate in this celebration the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is offering several events for wilderness supporters and enthusiasts.

Image of 50th and wolf howlingMore Information

To find out about other Wilderness 50th Anniversary events and celebrations in other parts of the country go to these links;

Forest Service to mark 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

Wilderness50 - a 'one-stop shopping' site for wilderness events, conferences, projects and more.

Wilderness.net - public wilderness information website 

High mountain lake surrounded by fir treesGreat Wilderness YouTube Videos to Check Out!

Wilderness Rangers- Keeping it Wild (39 mins)

Events on the Neighboring Malheur and Umatilla National Forests

Malheur National Forest - Wilderness 50th Anniversary

Umatilla National Forest - Wilderness 50th Anniversary