Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Celebrate our nationís wilderness


    A historic national milestone arrives on Sept. 3 with the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1964 Wilderness Act. It is one of the bedrock environmental laws of our country—along with the 1968 Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
    The 110-million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System is simply priceless—a bastion of untrammeled lands and waters, a wildlife biodiversity kingdom, a scientific laboratory, and a much-needed physical and mental relief valve to escape the overpowering clutches of a wired and mechanistic culture.
    Please go to www.wilderness50th.org to learn more.
    Wilderness is suffering insidious assaults from many directions, not the least of which is corrupted politicians and mega-powerful corporations. Only a keen national public awareness of proper stewardship of our common national heritage will keep the integrity of wilderness wild and whole in years and decades to come.  
    Thoreau perhaps said it best—“In Wildness is the Preservation of the World.”
Scott Phillips
Hailey

 




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