National Wildlife Refuge System

Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness!


A hiker celebrates a breathtaking wilderness view atop Chupadera Peak at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico

Wilderness offers soul-stirring adventures. A hiker celebrates a breathtaking wilderness view atop Chupadera Peak at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Credit: USFWS

 

On September 3, 1964, President Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law, protecting the country's wildest places for generations to come. The landmark conservation law protects nearly 110 million acres of U.S. wilderness.

You can explore wilderness on 63 national wildlife refuges in 26 states. Some refuge wilderness areas – such as Okefenokee in Georgia, Great Swamp in New Jersey and Fort Niobrara in Nebraska – are surprisingly near urban centers.

Celebrate wilderness. It's your birthright.

Stories: More wilderness stories....

Refuge Update, March/April 2014 (395 KB PDF)
Fish and Wildlife News, Spring 2014

Video:

Wilderness on refuges

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Scenic refuge wilderness

Anniversary events: Learn about refuge wilderness

Wilderness 50th anniversary Web site: http://wilderness50th.org/

 



 

Last updated: September 26, 2014