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The Wilderness Act at 50

A Spring Creek Event

Friday, May 2, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A symposium with Craig Childs, Jacob Hamblin, Lisa Machnik, and Michael Nelson


The Wilderness Act was passed in 1964, after over sixty drafts and eight years of work. The Act created the legal definition of "wilderness" in the United States and set aside 9.1 million acres of federal land to be forever protected from development. As we’ve hiked and kayaked and camped on these wild lands for the last 50 years, we’ve developed a set of reasons we value wilderness: as a safeguard of habitat, a repository of clean water, a baseline for scientific research, essential sanctuaries for plants and animals, a refuge for overworked and underexposed humans, an economic asset. But the world is changing quickly, and so is the value of wilderness.  How will wild places survive the next fifty years? Are they a tonic to LED screens and high-speed connections or a relic of simpler times?

Hallie Ford Center (campus map)
Robert Peckyno
(541) 737-8560
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion