Monday, May 27, 2013

Bob Marshall Wilderness Seeks Input for the 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Conference

On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Wilderness Act, which has protected wild lands across America. With the 50th anniversary of that legislation rapidly approaching, there will be a "50th Anniversary National Wilderness Conference" that will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 15-19, 2014.

Some of the goals of the conference are to:

* Discuss the concept of wilderness and its related values: ecological, aesthetic, spiritual, and symbolic.

* Provide a forum for discussing the growing challenges for wilderness today.

* Deepen participants' engagement in wilderness stewardship.

Out of these goals will come about five themes to lend both breath and inclusion of multiple topics. These are listed under the areas of civic engagement, education , experience, science, and stewardship. These, hopefully, will allow for varied and interactive presentations.

"It is important that our diverse wilderness user groups involve themselves with this important wilderness event."

Deb Mucklow, the Spotted Bear District Ranger, is on the national planning committee to represent users and caretakers of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Right now she and others are seeking ideas, suggestions, or questions to make the conference fit the desired needs of the participants. All ideas will be presented to the total planning committee for consideration and possible involvement in the program.

If you wish to provide your input, you can contact Deb at 406) 758-5376, (406)387-3800 or

For more information on the conference, please click here. For more information on the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, please click here.

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