A Talk on the Wild Side.
Fifty years ago today (Sept. 3) President Lyndon Johnson signed into law The Wilderness Act, which preserves lands that are some of our greatest national treasures. The lands are left in, or restored to, their natural state and man is just a visitor to them who leaves no imprint. As such, Wilderness offers unparalleled chances for solitude.
Can you imagine being the only one for as far as the eye can see, like this hiker in Andreafsky Wilderness in Alaska? (Well, except for the photographer.) More than half of the acreage in the National Wilderness Preservation System lies in Alaska.
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Or if hiking isn’t your style, maybe hunting or fishing, like this angler at Cape Romain Wilderness in South Carolina. "A primitive and unconfined type of recreation" is a key part of Wilderness.
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While it can offer tremendous solitude, being in a Wilderness doesn’t mean being alone. Just ask these boaters at Mingo Wilderness in Missouri ...
or these kids at Wichita Mountains Wilderness in Oklahoma.
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In Wilderness areas, you can see wildlife at home, like these bull elk at Fort Niobrara Wilderness in Nebraska …
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these common murres at the Oregon Islands Wilderness ...
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or these fur seals at Farallon Wilderness in California. In order to best conserve the wildlife at Farallon, the Wilderness and refuge it is on are closed to the public, but a web cam on the islands is available through a partnership with the California Academy of Sciences.
We end our quick tour with a sunset at Monomoy Wilderness in Massachusetts. It is one of several Wilderness areas near big cities. Thanks to the Wilderness Act, your tour needn’t end wuth the Monomoy sunset. You can visit all these and more. Find a Wilderness near you.