On September 3rd, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act.
“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
Since that time the amount of U.S. wilderness has increased over tenfold. The wilderness areas are administered by four agencies: National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bureau of Land Management.
Is wilderness important? It is above my pay grade to debate the ecological benefits of preserving wilderness areas verses the financial benefits of devastating them. As to the spiritual benefits, all you need to do is visit one, and then you’ll know.
Pop quiz: which of the four agencies that administer wilderness areas is not under the Department of the Interior?