“Wilderness is a necessity…There must be places for human beings to satisfy their souls.” – John Muir
Even though the Golden Trout Wilderness was not established until 1978, it was because of the Wilderness Act of 1964 that enabled people then to create the wilderness area we have today. Hopefully for years to come we can all continue to enjoy what the wilderness offers each of us when we decided to venture out into the wild. For some, an experience into the wilderness may be like what John Muir had once said; “I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” Below is some brief information regarding 50 years of the Wilderness Act courtesy of Wilderness 50’s website:
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.
The NWPS was established for the use and enjoyment of the American people and provides many direct and in-direct benefits, such as those relating to ecological, geological, scientific, educational, scenic, spiritual, economic, recreational, historical, and cultural uses and activities. The 757 wilderness areas within the NWPS are managed by all four federal land managing agencies, the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Park Service. To learn more about the Wilderness Act and the NWPS, visit http://www.wilderness.net, the official wilderness information website providing both general information about wilderness and specific information about each of the 757 wilderness areas.