50 Years: A Celebration of Wilderness and our National Wilderness Preservation System

Join us on September 12-14, 2014, FOC File Photo

Wilderness Watch, the US Forest Service and FOC are proud to sponsor 50 Years: A Celebration of Wilderness and our National Wilderness Preservation System on September 12-14 at the Wilderness Gateway Campground along the Lochsa River on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests.

Please join us and other wilderness lovers from around the the northern Rockies for this 3-day celebration and reflection of the historic passing of the Wilderness Act in 1964.

Wilderness can be defined by two primary characteristics: First, it is a place where nature is free to exist as it did in ages past, self-willed and untrammeled. Second, it is a place where humans are free to roam through nature in its wild condition, to experience a feeling of solitude and self-reliance found nowhere else. Learn more.

The weekend’s festivities will include food/drink, engaging speakers, live music, children’s activities, a traditional-skills demonstration and lively discussions.

Wilderness Gateway Picnic Pavillion, FOC File Photo

A key component of the weekend will be discussions about threats and/or future challenges to the spirit of Wilderness and the 1964 Act. Critical dialogues will include:

  • Wildness vs. Naturalness
  • Fish & wildlife management in Wilderness
  • Wildfire management in Wilderness
  • Wilderness stewardship and the future


There will be a traditional skills demonstration, FS Photo Credit

Employees from the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests will be providing a traditional skills demonstration on Saturday September 13. Horse packing, rigging and cross-cut saw use will be on display.



Lots of campsites for families and friends, FOC File Photo

The Wilderness Gateway Campground is located on Highway 12 in north-central Idaho. Camping fees are $8 per night/per site. Reservations are not required. We recommend that you consider bringing your bicycle to travel throughout the spacious campground. Walking is fine, too.


Kid's activities will be provided, Caitlin McHugh Photo Credit

Friends of the Clearwater intern Caitlin McHugh will be facilitating fun activities and games for youth on Saturday and Sunday. Cait says, “We have something for everyone! What is wilderness? Why is it important? Join us and find out and formulate some of your own answers to these questions!” All kids activities are free.



Dana Lyons will be performing, Cows With Guns Photo Credit

Singer/songwriter Dana Lyons will be performing for children and adults on Saturday September 13. A wilderness lover at heart, Dana has played across the US and around the world during his career. Learn more.





Order your commemorative 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act poster today! Artwork provided by Monte Dolack.

Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary

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