One of spring’s greatest joys is its abundance of beautiful wildflowers. From alpine mountains to dense wetlands to steamy deserts, designated wilderness areas feature a plethora of wildflowers, which are thankfully protected as a cherished part of these landscapes.
Designated wilderness, the highest level of public lands protection as outlined in 1964’s Wilderness Act, is full of animal life. This ranges from large, iconic mammals, such as wolves, bears and moose, to the smaller and lesser-seen.
Designated wilderness areas are delightful places to experience the magical unfolding of spring. Wild lands offer magnificent destinations for outdoor recreation - whether it's hiking, wildlife-watching, climbing, canoeing or snowshoeing.
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.
That part of us that seeks the beauty and wonder that wilderness offers often also wants to take a piece of wilderness home with us. But if we vow to leave no trace, then we know we can only take photographs.
Last week, Americans who care about protecting the great outdoors joined The Wilderness Society and other conservation groups in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the great outdoors, advocate for wildlands conservation and address the growing need for Americans to reconnect with nature.