[Cdt-l] Gila National Forest sponsors free Wilderness50 Anniversary event

Brett blisterfree at yahoo.com
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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