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QuoteWILDERNESS WATCH is America’s only organization dedicated to defending and keeping wild the nation’s 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System. Our work is guided by the visionary 1964 Wilderness Act.

Wilderness Watch believes that wilderness is defined by two primary characteristics. First, it is a place where nature is free to exist as it did in ages past, self-willed and untrammeled. Second, it is a place where humans are free to roam through nature in its wild condition, to experience a feeling of solitude and self-reliance found nowhere else.

For 25 years, Wilderness Watch has confronted threats to wildness and solitude, such as helicopters and all-terrain vehicles; bulldozers and chainsaws; illegal buildings, commercial intrusions and other developments; predator control and other exploitation of native wildlife; excessive horse-packing and other livestock-related damage; and many other incursions that degrade wilderness. We educate, engage and encourage citizens and government agencies to stand up for our nation’s strong and unique wilderness heritage.

Please join us in ensuring that America's Wilderness remains full of mystery, adventure, and biological wealth.

“It is painfully clear to me…that a private, citizen’s organization is necessary if the spirit and letter of this landmark law [the Wilderness Act] is to be observed… I wholeheartedly offer my name and energy to your splendid efforts.” —Former Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall, upon joining the Wilderness Watch board of directors


Order Monte Dolack's Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Poster: 

Monte Dolack's W50 artInternationally-acclaimed artist Monte Dolack has created a fine art poster commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Wilderness Watch is selling the posters for $25 (limited-edition signed posters are $75. Shipping is $5 for the first poster, $1 for each additional poster. Order online or by contacting Jeff Smith: 406.542.2048 x1 or jsmith@wildernesswatch.org. For wholesale ordering information, please contact dserra@wildernesswatch.org.


BLOG: Keeping Wilderness WILD!

"Happy 50th Anniversary, Wilderness Act!"
September 3, 2014

signing_act.jpgFifty years ago today, on September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law at a Rose Garden signing ceremony.  This landmark law established the National Wilderness Preservation System, initially 54 Forest Service-administered areas that totaled 9.1 million acres.  The Wilderness Act also provided, for the first time ever, protections for Wildernesses in the federal statutes, with the goal that wilderness designation would be permanent protection.  The law, thanks to Howard Zahniser (the author of the Act), lyrically provided the legal definition of Wilderness, in part as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Read more...

"Wilderness in the Eternity of the Future"
By Ed Zahniser

Ed ZahniserMy father Howard Zahniser, who died four months before the 1964 Wilderness Act became law 50 years ago this September 3, was the chief architect of, and lobbyist for, this landmark Act. The Act created our 109.5-million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System. Read more...




Celebrate 50 Years of Wilderness with us: 9/12-9/14 at Wilderness Gateway, ID

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