50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act

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.

To honor this anniversary, the US Forest Service has joined in a coalition of organizations to help plan and take part in a national celebration.  The general goal is to raise wilderness awareness and re-connect people today with this amazing resource.  We hope the 50th Anniversary engages people to understand and appreciate the values of wilderness, and we hope to see this opportunity succeed in inspiring youth, promoting stewardship, and fostering a sense of ownership and pride among people throughout the area.

The Shoshone National Forest is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act through various events on the forest, booths at community events, and displays in local places.