“Wilderness is a necessity…There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.” – John Muir

IMG_1238View from the Devil’s Slide Trail in the San Jacinto Wilderness, Southern California

LBJ Signing Wilderness Act

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. (http://www.wilderness50th.org/about.php?useraction=about-anniversary)

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“We are not fighting progress. We are making it. We are not dealing with a vanishing wilderness. We are working for a wilderness forever.”

Howard Zahniser – Father of the Wilderness Act

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

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