• #DiscoverWilderness: What is Wilderness?

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    The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands comprise more than 27 million acres located primarily in the West; these lands are recognized for their spectacular ecological, cultural, historic, recreational, and scientific value. National Conservation Lands include approximately 8.7 million acres of Wilderness in 221 units containing some of the wildest and most remote lands in America.

    These lands are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, established by the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Act established long-term preservation and protection to areas on federal lands that were largely undeveloped, natural, and unconstrained by human activity, and which provided outstanding opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined recreation. Wilderness land, mostly made up of area over 5,000 acres, consist of rugged mountain ranges, broad valleys, and desert plains that include the surviving remnants of the vast natural landscape that once covered all of North America. Along with the BLM, Wilderness lands are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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    2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964. This landmark conservation bill created a way to permanently protect some of the most natural and undisturbed places in America. The United States was the first country to define and designate wilderness areas through law. Congress passed the Act to keep certain undeveloped federal lands "untrammeled by man" and to maintain their "primeval" character. To date, the National Wilderness Preservation System, which was created by the Act, includes more than 100 million acres of land across the United States. The BLM is one of four federal agencies that manage wilderness areas on public lands. We are responsible for 221 wilderness areas totaling 8.7 million acres in 10 western states.

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