Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness!
On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. In fact, Nevada was one of only thirteen states to have land included in the 1964 Act - Jarbidge Wilderness.
Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.
The 1964 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 NWPS was established for the use and enjoyment of the American people and provides many direct and in-direct benefits, such as those relating to ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic, spiritual, economic, recreational, historical, and cultural uses and activities. The 757 wilderness areas within the NWPS are managed by all four federal land managing agencies, the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Park Service. To learn more about the Wilderness Act and the NWPS, visit http://www.wilderness.net, the official wilderness information website providing both general information about wilderness and specific information about each of the 757 wilderness areas.
In 2014, our nation will celebrate "50 Years of Wilderness" and Friends of Nevada Wilderness, along with the Sierra Club, Great Old Broads for Wilderness, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management have all gathered together to plan educational events, projects, and programs to raise awareness of wilderness in Nevada during the 50th anniversary year.
For national news on 50th celebrations, please visit www.wilderness50th.org.
To learn more about our wilderness areas in Nevada, click here: Explore.
Testimony: Speak on Behalf of Wild Nevada!
In honor of the Wilderness Act, we're seeking testimonies to Wild Nevada! Inspired by the book, "Wild Nevada: Testimonies on Behalf of the Desert", we're collecting writings, poems, songs about wild Nevada - to inspire readers everywhere to work to protect our lands!
Articles of Interest:
John Muir Proclaims Wilderness in Nevada by Kimberly Roberts