[Cdt-l] Gila National Forest sponsors free Wilderness50 Anniversary event
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Mon Aug 25 16:38:47 CDT 2014
The Gila National Forest is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at the Gila Visitor Center on Sunday, Aug. 31, and the public is invited to attend.
To commemorate this milestone, the Gila Wilderness has
planned a full day of activities and demonstrations for the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be interactive displays, information booths
and Forest Service personnel will be on hand to answer questions about
The Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Lyndon
B. Johnson on September 3, 1964, 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. This year
marks the 50th anniversary of this historic legislation.
The Gila National Forest has three designated wilderness
areas, the Gila Wilderness, which has the unique distinction of being
the first designated wilderness in the country totaling 558,014 acres;
the Aldo Leopold Wilderness, which straddles the crest of the Black
Range Mountains and the Blue Range Wilderness designated in 1980.
For more information regarding this event call the Gila Wilderness Ranger District at (575) 536-2250.
Direction: Take State Highway 15 north from Silver City. Although the distance from Silver City is only
44 miles, the travel time is approximately two hours due to twisting and winding mountain terrain. An alternative route from Silver City is
along State Highway 35 and goes through the Mimbres Valley. Even though
it is 25 miles longer than Highway 15, it is less winding, wider, more
level, and easier to travel; therefore it takes about the same amount of time to drive. NOTE: If your vehicle, travel trailer, or RV is over 20 feet in length, you should take Highway 35.
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