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The Wilderness Act

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  • The Wilderness Act created the National Wilderness Preservation System


  • The system is composed of federally owned areas deemed wilderness areas by Congress
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  • Included for review as a wilderness area are every federally owned area that has been “untrammeled” or untouched by man at a minimum size of 5,000 acres

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  • The National Wilderness Preservation System was created to protect these lands so that current and future generations could enjoy these natural areas
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  • The idea to protect the nation’s remaining wilderness was presented in 1956 in a bill drafted by the executive director of The Wilderness Society, Howard Zahniser

  • The first version of the bill was introduced by senator Hubert Humphrey and Representative John Saylor in 1957
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  • President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Wilderness Act on September 13, 1964


Bibliography
http://wildlifelaw.unm.edu/fedbook/wildact.html
http://wilderness.org/content/wilderness-act-1964