Video: why the Wilderness Act is more important than ever

The Wilderness Society’s Chase Huntley talked about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on August 23.

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.

The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast. 

This anniversary year has been a wonderful chance to celebrate all that's been achieved for wilderness in the past 50 years and remind Americans of all that we can achieve in the next 50.

For more about the story of the Wilderness Act, see this video from National Geographic: