Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness

Fifty years ago last week on September 3rd, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law two major pieces of legislation:  The Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Land Water Conservation Fund.

Sunrise at Mt. Rainier

Sunrise at Mt. Rainier

The Wilderness Act, written by the Wilderness Society, created a way for Americans to protect their most pristine wild lands by establishing our National Wilderness Preservation Program. The program now includes more than 109 million acres of protected wilderness areas for our enjoyment, including our national parks, forests, and wild life refuges.

The Land Water Conservation Fund was established to protect and enhance our outdoor recreation opportunities.  Closer to home the Fund provides matching grants to states and local governments to acquire and develop more public outdoor recreation lands, including our neighborhood parks and trails.  Since 80% of Americans live near a city, our local parks and trails are often the closest touch we have with nature.

City Park

City Park

Both The Wilderness Society and the Land Water Conservation Fund are celebrating this milestone anniversary and invite you to participate.  The Land Water Conservation Fund is focused on raising awareness and support for the reauthorization of its funding that will expire in September 2015.

Even if you do not use our national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges, as Camera Walkers who benefit from our state and local parks, we urge you to take a few moments and review what you can do to support and protect our outdoor recreation areas.

Park Walk

Park Walk

Next time you are Camera Walking through your city, state or national park, take a few moments to appreciate the work that was done 50 years ago to ensure that we and future generations have access to nature.

Let us know what you are doing to celebrate 50 years of wilderness by commenting below, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us an email at getmoving@camerawalking.com. We would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

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