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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 Bureau of Land Management:

Calling All Tumblrs - Great Opportunity for Photographers!  

Wilderness50, in partnership with Nature’s Best Photography and the Smithsonian Institution, recently announced the opening of this summer’s “Wilderness Forever” public photography contest. Winning images will be part of a 2014 exhibition in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Contest guidelines and entry instructions are available online at http://www.naturesbestphotography.com/wilderness.

The BLM is proud to manage many of the nation’s wilderness areas and to participate in the Wilderness50 group.  Check out the Wilderness50 website for more information:  http://www.wilderness50th.org/.