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The Wilderness Act Turns 50

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. It created the National Wilderness Preservation System and protected roughly 110 million acres of wilderness from development, roads, logging, and other disturbances. It is one of the greatest land preservation efforts in United States history. Of these protected lands, 44 million acres are National Parks.

The lands preserved are some of the most scenic and astoundingly beautiful areas in the country. In celebration of the Wilderness Act, there are events and activities scheduled throughout the country. For more information, check out Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness.

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From the Department of the Interior:

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.Photo: Georgia Riddick

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From the Department of the Interior:

Great photo of a bear near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

Photo: Georgia Riddick

Image description: Lava flows at Hawaii National Park.
Photo from the Department of Interior.

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Photo from the Department of Interior.

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Here is a unique view of the Washington Monument you don’t see every day.Photo: Diana Bowen, National Park Service

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From the Department of Interior:

Here is a unique view of the Washington Monument you don’t see every day.

Photo: Diana Bowen, National Park Service
Image description: Two moose inspect a car in the snow at Rocky Mountain National Park.
There has been epic winter weather across the country this year. Show us what you’ve been going through by sharing your photos. You can either post to our Facebook page or tweet them to us (@USAgov). We’ll select a few to share with our followers.  

Photo from the Department of Interior.

Image description: Two moose inspect a car in the snow at Rocky Mountain National Park.

There has been epic winter weather across the country this year. Show us what you’ve been going through by sharing your photos. You can either post to our Facebook page or tweet them to us (@USAgov). We’ll select a few to share with our followers.  

Photo from the Department of Interior.