50th Anniversary of the US Wilderness Act

Ahklun Mountains and the Togiak Wilderness within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in the U.S. state of Alaska.

Ahklun Mountains and the Togiak Wilderness within the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in the U.S. state of Alaska.

I recently got an email from a colleague, bringing to my attention that the 50th Anniversary of the US Wilderness Act is coming soon!  Sure, you might say that 4 years is really not all that soon….but in order to plan a celebration in equal magnitude to the importance of the Wilderness Act – we’ll need some time to start preparing!  His email read: “The Wilderness Act of 1964 was a milestone in American History and will celebrate its’ 50th Anniversary on September 3, 2014. The American people have repeatedly endorsed the designation of areas of our public lands as wilderness, creating a system which has grown from 9 million acres to over 109 million acres. Surely such passion for wilderness cannot go unacknowledged on its 50th Anniversary.”

There are many ways to celebrate – from going out and enjoying the wilderness to planning a gathering of local supporters to curating a special art exhibit to celebrate wild-nature.  Some fun things happened for the 40th Anniversary in 2004, including an Alaska Wilderness Fest, Hikes for wilderness in many states, Wilderbash in Colorado and many other festivals, outdoor activities, lectures, conferences and more.

I’m going to start thinking of creative ways to spend the 50th Anniversary and meaningful ways for WILD to celebrate as an organization.  Looking forward too seeing the creative ideas that begin to form….please post your thoughts, plans and ideas here!

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