On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain.
For years I have supported The Wilderness Society’s mission to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. This year my image of mountain goats in Glacier National Park is the cover of TWS’s 2010 annual report.
For more information on The Wilderness Society and their important work visit http://wilderness.org/.