“It was once said that if something is not understood, it is not valued; if it is not valued, it is not loved; if it is not loved, it is not protected, and if it is not protected, it is lost. Public surveys have found that people who know about wilderness value it tremendously, yet almost half of Americans simply do not understand what wilderness is, how it shaped our nation, and how they benefit from it. (http://www.wilderness.net/NWPS/threatsAwareness)”
In 1964 the Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson creating the National Wilderness Preservation System. Since that date Congress has designated more than 109 million acres and 750 wilderness areas including five designated Wilderness areas in the Wasatch Mountain Range. Visit www.wasatchwilderness.org to learn more, view maps and read the full language of the 2013/14 Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act.
“Wilderness is more than a designation created by Congress. It is an acknowledgment that a place has qualities worthy of protection. It transcends our own selfish use of the land, and recognizes a place for its outstanding natural qualities and allowing life to flourish in its untamed state. It is a place we can visit, observe and recreate in today with the promise that only nature will change.” (Carl Fisher, Director SOC. Ut’s Wasatch Range: Four Season Refuge By Howie Garber)
Wasatch Environmental Update by John Worlock Save Our Canyons Board of Trustees
“The three existing Wilderness Areas, all visible from the valley and named for their salient mountains, are, from south to north, the Lone Peak, the Twin Peak and the Mount Olympus Wildernesses. Each of those has its long history of concerted effort, involving Save Our Canyons and others, leading to the successful congressional actions that established their status as Wilderness….” (Full audio below.)
With 2014 marking the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act we here at SOC couldn’t be more grateful for this essential tool that can be brandished in the fight to protect a range that captures our imagination, hearts and still holds so many opportunities for future generations of mountain explorers. Remember while you are out soaking in the high peaks, wildflower covered slopes or aspen glades that these lands are our to protect and preserve. Join SOC in celebrating the monumental 50 year anniversary of this pivotal Act by becoming a member and spreading the word about the importance of Save Our Canyons efforts to protect the wildness and beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, canyons and foothills.