Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Delaware!
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Delaware! Attend a celebratory outing:
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. 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.
This year, our nation will celebrate "50 Years of Wilderness" and a website has been created to document this historical commemoration honoring America's "True American Legacy of Wilderness." This website provides a map and listing of all local, regional, and national 50th anniversary events that are occurring nation-wide, including the National Wilderness Conference.
In Delaware, were there are no designated wilderness areas, the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club invites you to get outside and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, by exploring some of the trails at a couple of the State Parks.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014