50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
This 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.
"Why I LOVE my Wilderness area" - what visitors like you are telling us about their wilderness experience
Wildflower hikes - Come join us on a guided wildflower hike or walk
National Public Lands Day - Peavey Trail maintenance. This is your opportunity as a volunteer to help maintain a special trail in the North Fork John Day Wilderness on Sept. 27, 2014
Soon to be released! Tri-Forest Wilderness Passport - Request a free Wilderness Passport to 'bag' those wilderness visits on the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman Naitonal Forests in NE Oregon and southern Washington
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
Great 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