Wednesday, September 3, 2014

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Today is the 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act! Since the act's inception on September 3, 1964, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. 

The Wilderness Act defines "wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. 

The congressionally designated wildlands of this country have been entrusted to the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and the National Park Service. All of these agencies strive to meet the challenge of managing the American legacy of wilderness for the use and enjoyment of the people today and in the future. 

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