Happy Earth Day! Here at Custom Sticker Makers, we highly value our duty to be responsible stewards of this great planet we call home. Because this year marks the 50th anniversary year of The Wilderness Act being signed into law, we also found this day to be most fitting to honor America’s “True American Legacy of Wilderness.”
At Custom Sticker Makers, we’ve recently printed tens of thousands of stickers which help raise awareness of this commemorative year of “50 Years of Wilderness.” Beginning this month, and every month for the rest of the year, Custom Sticker Makers will be sharing with you a special wilderness sanctuary that our great nation has been privileged to enjoy. We hope in doing so, that you’ll be inspired to revere and enjoy (even more than before) this great land we all hold so dear.
Preserving the Future
This historic bill, signed into law on September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside, initially, 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.
So what exactly constitutes “wilderness”? The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “Wilderness” as “areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain.”
Managed by all four federal land managing agencies; the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Park Service, our nation’s wilderness system today encompasses over 109 million acres, identified and preserved for the use and enjoyment of the American people. With 757 wilderness areas existing today, the benefits we’re privileged to enjoy are vast and varied, but include, at the very least, ecological, geological, economic, recreational, historical, scientific, spiritual and of course, the most obvious, scenic.
One very important objective this year is connect with today’s youth and with non-wilderness using groups to find the thread that ties their lives to wild places so they can more directly relate to, understand, and value the wilderness sanctuaries that contribute to the beauty and majesty of this great land.
You can learn more about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and Wilderness50 by visiting their website at http://www.wilderness50th.org or you can get more information on the stickers we’re printing HERE! Be sure to also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.