The 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act by President Lyndon Johnson was a cause for celebration across the country. Here is a look at how members of Congress saluted the momentous occasion.
Secretary Jewell spoke at the event, joining The Wilderness Society President Jamie Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe and Reps. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ), among other guests.
In a wide-ranging discussion with Pedro Echevarria, Washington Journal’s producer and host, Huntley discussed why the half-century old law that created a way for Americans to protect their most pristine wildlands for future generations is more important than ever.
For decades, The Wilderness Society's magazine The Living Wilderness gave members and subscribers an inside look at efforts to conserve some of our country's most special wildlands, as well as travelogues, prose, photos, poems and art about the places themselves.
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.