Please join the College of Liberal Arts for the University Forum Lecture "America’s Wilderness – Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation," Garry Oye, chief of wilderness stewardship, National Park Service, Washington, DC.
2014 is the 50th anniversary of the signing of The 1964 Wilderness Act. Since then the U.S. has designated 109 million acres of public land as Wilderness. Early advocates like Leopold, Zahniser, Carhart, and the Muries created a national movement to pause development forces and encourage consideration of preservation. Garry will provide a brief history of wilderness-preservation efforts in the U.S., introduce the audience to several of his favorite wilderness areas, discuss management challenges currently being faced in wilderness protection, and leave the audience with hope for the future.