Wilderness Act, September 3, 1964
President Lyndon Johnson created the National Wilderness
Preservation System. This system protects millions of acres of
pristine wild lands from any form of human development.
Alpine Lakes Area Management Act, 1976
This Act set aside approximately 393,460
acres as Wilderness and 547,166 acres
surrounding this Wilderness as a "management
unit". This was significant because
never had a Wilderness been created
with a designated "management unit"
Wilderness Bills, 1984
Congress passed 18 bills covering 12 Eastern and 6 Western States. More than 1,857,000 acres of Wilderness was added in Oregon and Washington.
Presently over 100 million acres in the U.S. has been set aside
under the National Wilderness Preservation System. We can all celebrate
the foresight of those who worked to create this unique and
precious system of wild lands and also reflect on the future
stewardship necessary to ensure its continued preservation.