The Wilderness Act

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

I got a few inquires asking for more information about yesterday’s topic on the Wilderness Act.  It’s one of the legislations that guides today’s National Park Service. President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill into law in1964. It provides protection to public lands:  National Parks, National Forests, Bureau of Land Management properties,  wildlife refuges, and similar areas. Simply stated, the law seeks to preserve the “wilderness character of the area.” A core clause prohibits logging and oil and gas drilling. Also not allowed are motorized or mechanical vehicles or equipment – and that includes mountain bikes. No roads, no buildings, no permanent structures. 95% of Yosemite is officially classed as Wilderness. It begins 200 feet above the valley floor. The walls themselves are part of the wilderness.To read the actual act, click <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Amazing grace. How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.” – 1779 Hymn by John Newton
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


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