The White House
Just one year before the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014, President Obama proclaimed September as National Wilderness Month. The anniversary of the Wilderness Act and National Public Lands Day both fall in September, making it a historically significant month for America’s wilderness. This year’s proclamation is especially important as we gear up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on September 3, 2014.
Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said about the proclamation:
“National Wilderness Month could not come at a more critical time for our public lands, and President Obama’s proclamation recognizes that. We are one year away from the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in 2014, and now is the time to build upon that rich history and protect America’s wildest places.
“Wilderness is part of what defines us as a nation. These lands have helped to shape the American character, and their protection is one of our greatest legacies.
“Wilderness is a priceless resource, and it belongs to us all. It provides us with clean air and water, and countless places to hike, camp, hunt and fish.
“The National Wilderness Month proclamation shines a spotlight on over two-dozen wilderness bills that have been introduced in Congress. People and communities across the country have come together to protect the places they love, and want to see the 113th Congress deliver on their requests.
“The Wilderness Society applauds President Obama’s National Wilderness Month proclamation and looks forward to celebrating the next 50 years of America’s wilderness.”