A Wild Ride: 50 Years of the US Wilderness Act

Boreal Forest, Kobuk Valley Wilderness, Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska, U.S.A.

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Text and photos by Amy Gulick, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Boreal Forest, Kobuk Valley Wilderness, Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska, U.S.A.

Fifty years ago, The Beatles made their debut in the United States along with Pop-Tarts, G.I. Joe, and the television series Bewitched. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law. Cassius Clay won his first world heavyweight title and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. And the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history rocked south central Alaska.

But two events in particular that occurred in 1964 have had profound impacts on my life: 1) on May 14, I was born; and 2) on September 3, the Wilderness Act became law. Both of us turned 50 this year. Milestone anniversaries cause us to pause and reflect on the past, and while I’ve never been one to look back for long, I can’t stop thinking about this monumental piece of legislation that shares my birth —> Read More Here

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