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Monica Prelle

History of the U.S. Wilderness Act

By July 10, 2013

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The Wilderness Act of 1964 will celebrate its 50th birthday on September 3, 2014. More than 300 events will take place across the country to commemorate the historic act of nature preservation and conservation.Learn more about the history of the wilderness act and what a wilderness designation means.

In honor of the 50th birthday of the Wilderness Act, About Camping asked are your favorite wilderness areas; the votes are in and the Top 5 U.S. Wilderness Areas have been decided. For more information on events or how you can participate in wilderness celebrations, visit Wilderness50th.org, or follow the 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act on Facebook and Twitter.

"No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied -- it speaks in silence to the very core of your being." - Ansel Adams, according to WikiQuote.

Photo: Minaret Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California. | Monica Prelle

More: Best US Wilderness Areas | Top 5 US National Parks | Best States to Pitch a Tent

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