The Heart of Wilderness

Happy anniversary! Protecting over 9 million acres of land – we need more of these acts in our life.

Emilio Cogliani

September 3, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of America’s passage of the Wilderness Act.

It’s fair to say that we each have our own relationship with wilderness. For me, wilderness has touched me in very special ways: I once scattered ashes of a dear friend in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a place of peace, solace, and wonder for her, a place she wanted to belong to for eternity. I especially remember the time I pitched a tent in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, dozed to the sound of a myriad of frogs, and awoke to a chorus of wood storks and warblers. While there I canoed through tea-colored waters, cypress forests, and wetlands – a home to bears, herons, alligators, and egrets. It was the most peaceful I have ever felt.

Wilderness is special, for us and for wildlife. It provides some of the last great places for…

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