The Humboldt-Toiyabe's spectacular 6.3 million acres makes it the largest national forest in the lower 48 states. Located in Nevada and a small portion of eastern California, the Forest offers year-round recreation of all types.
The Wilderness Act was officially signed by congress on September 3rd, 1964. It was the hard work of environmental pioneers like John Muir and Lyndon B. Johnson, that with long talks and brainstorming came up with a plan to preserve these majestic lands for current and future generations to enjoy. Congress has designated nearly 110 million acres of public wildlands as wildernes, which is the highest protection for any public lands. The Wilderness Act was a landmark law and the first in the world to permanently protect public lands as wilderness, calling logging, drilling, road building and most motorized vehicles off-limits in these areas.
Wilderness: Recreating a connection to wild places
The Future of Wilderness: A perspective from a Wilderness Ranger
Wilderness 50th Anniversary website