The Wilderness Act reads in part, “...it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Congress to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness. For this purpose there is hereby established a National Wilderness Preservation System to be composed of federally owned areas designated by Congress as ‘wilderness areas’, and these shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use as wilderness.” (Read the Wilderness Act on wilderness.net)
I first enjoyed the booths and music then took the Walk for the Wild. After visiting the interactive stations, I meandered through the rest of the native plant gardens enjoying the hundreds of acres of natural beauty. It was a good day.
Below is a pictorial display of celebrating 50 years of wilderness.
When the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964, 54 areas (9.1 million acres) in 13 states were designated as wilderness. This law established these areas as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Since 1964, the NWPS has grown almost every year and now includes 758 areas (109.5 million acres) in 44 states and Puerto Rico.
more than 130,000 acres:
Cucamonga | Magic Mountain | Pleasant View Ridge
San Gabriel | Sheep Mountain
Walk for the Wild
See my blog post for my visit to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden - April 23, 2011, including photos and captions of 18 plants
See Plants and Wildflowers in the San Gabriel Mountains at Dan's Hiking Pages