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.
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
- Wildlife management in Wilderness
- Wildfire management in Wilderness
- Wilderness stewardship and the future
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.
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.
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.