“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.”
— President Lyndon Baines Johnson, signing the Wilderness Act of 1964 into law.
Elizabeth Kolbert, an environmental writer, says in the current National Geographic magazine: “Some 30 proposed wilderness areas now await approval from a gridlocked Congress. None of the proposals would have made it even that far without broad local support. There would be no better way to celebrate the Wilderness Act’s golden anniversary than for Washington to approve them.”
Read her article 50 Years of Wilderness here.
Please take the time to write your Congressional members and ask them for protection now before they are degraded by competing uses.
Let us hear from you — what does Wilderness mean to you?