To mark the 50th year since the signing of the Wilderness Act in 1964, the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment and The Wilderness Society will host a conference on September 4 and 5 at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder.
The youngest of nine children, Zahniser was witness to the act that would set our nation’s highest standard for public lands protection. She typed the first handwritten draft of the Wilderness Act in early 1956.
The cartoon above, originally from The Washington Daily News, was printed in the “Winter-Spring 1962-63” issue of The Living Wilderness, a magazine published by The Wilderness Society and mailed to all members.
As the Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness is officially dedicated today, The Wilderness Society praised Michigan Representative Dan Benishek and Senator Carl Levin for championing the bipartisan legislation that now protects this incredible place – the first wilderness area to be approved by C
While 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the law that set the framework to preserve the nation’s most pristine landscapes, it also marks five years since Congress last protected any land as designated wilderness.
This coming year, wilderness needs your voice more than ever. Our nation's wild places continue to disappear at alarming rates, while climate change and other human made pressures are stressing wild lands to the point of no return.