Yosemite National Park will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act on Wednesday, September 3. It created the legal definition of wilderness and protects over 9 million acres.
It was signed by Lyndon Johnson on Sept 3, 1964. The full name is “Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes.
Here’s how the Feds define wilderness:
“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is herebyrecognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”
At Yosemite, the QUOTE Wilderness UNQUOTE begins 400’ above the valley floor. Half Dome was designated Wilderness in 1984. Odd, in that you can see the parking lot from the top and 40,000 people go up it annually.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com