Celebrate 50 Years of the Wilderness Act This Saturday
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District and partners to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at the Leadville National Fish Hatchery in Lake County on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The free event runs from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with activities including a scavenger hunt, backcountry cooking demonstrations and presentations about wilderness etiquette. There will also be two “Walk for Wilderness” hikes; a 1-mile hike along the Nature Trail loop and a 2.5-mile Rock Creek Loop.
“Wilderness benefits everyone, whether you simply appreciate the existence of areas where the earth and its community of life are not controlled by humans, or enjoy experiencing it first-hand,” said Leadville District Recreation Planner Michelle Mueggler.
The Leadville National Fish Hatchery is located near the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. The hatchery is hosting the anniversary celebration because large events cannot be held within the Wilderness area because of restrictions on group size.
Local partners hosting this event include the Upper Arkansas Wilderness Volunteers, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, Friends of the Leadville Fish Hatchery, and the Leadville Ranger District.
Family-friendly activities and demonstrations will include:
- Scavenger hunt for wilderness facts
- Cross cut saw demonstration
- Wildlife display with “touchable” objects
- Lake County Search and Rescue
- Dutch oven cooking demonstration
- Backcountry cooking demonstration
- Tenkara fly fishing
- Leave No Trace education
- Invasive plant display
- Horse packing and trail courtesy when meeting horses
- Coloring center
- Wilderness education
The Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964. The Act established permanent protections for the nation’s most stunning scenery. Colorado boasts 43 designated Wilderness areas.
For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Michelle Mueggler the Leadville District Office at 719-486-0749.