50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Strawberry LakeThis 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 Malheur National Forest there are two wilderness areas totalling 88,320 acres. These include; Monument Rock which is shared with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, and the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.

Local Events and Celebrations You Can Participate In 

The Malheur National Forest will be participating in different events in the area to celebrate.

  • Grant County Fair- August 6th thru 9th
  • Tri-Forest Wilderness Passport are - 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
  • More events will be listed as information becomes available.

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 

Photo of the Monument Rock WildernessGreat Wilderness YouTube Videos to Check Out!

Wilderness Rangers- Keeping it Wild (39 mins)

Events on the Neighboring Wallowa Whitman and Umatilla National Forests

Wallowa Whitman National Forest - Wilderness 50th Anniversary

Umatilla National Forest - Wilderness 50th Anniversary