• A Birder's Guide to The Wilderness Act

    7 days ago - By 10,000 Birds

    Birders who venture off the beaten path may run across a sign like the one above. But what is “wilderness” and how does it differ from any other federal land?
    The short answer is that wilderness areas are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System and they are protected by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Simply put, wilderness areas are the most protected public lands in America. Roads, vehicles, structures, and commercial activities are prohibited. The longer answer is below.
    The Wilderness Act has majestic language for a federal statute. It states as its purpose:
    In order to assure...
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