The Wilderness Act Turns 50 !

North Western Images - photos by Andy Porter

On September 3rd, 1964 President Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This watershed piece of legislation has been a cornerstone in preserving the wild lands of America.

The Wilderness Act provides a definition for wilderness: “A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

I have been lucky enough to visit many wilderness areas and enjoy their majesty and solitude. Here are a few images from my travels.

Sahale Camp, Steven Mather Wilderness Sahale Camp, Steven Mather Wilderness

Pasayten Wilderness Pasayten Wilderness

Milky Way, Glacier Peak Wilderness Milky Way, Glacier Peak Wilderness

Point of the Arches, Olympic Wilderness Point of the Arches, Olympic Wilderness

Mount Rainier and Avalanche Lillys, Goat Rock Wilderness Mount Rainier and Avalanche Lillys, Goat Rock Wilderness

Left Fork Canyon, Zion Wilderness Left Fork Canyon, Zion Wilderness

Steeple Peak and Lost Temple Spire, Bridger-Teton Wilderness Steeple Peak and Lost Temple Spire, Bridger-Teton Wilderness

Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Mount Olympus, Olympic Wilderness Mount Olympus, Olympic…

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