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QuoteWILDERNESS WATCH is America’s only organization dedicated to defending and keeping wild the nation’s 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System. Our work is guided by the visionary 1964 Wilderness Act.

Wilderness Watch believes that wilderness is defined by two primary characteristics. First, it is a place where nature is free to exist as it did in ages past, self-willed and untrammeled. Second, it is a place where humans are free to roam through nature in its wild condition, to experience a feeling of solitude and self-reliance found nowhere else.

For over 20 years, Wilderness Watch has confronted threats to wildness and solitude, such as helicopters and all-terrain vehicles; bulldozers and chainsaws; illegal buildings, commercial intrusions and other developments; predator control and other exploitation of native wildlife; excessive horse-packing and other livestock-related damage; and many other incursions that degrade wilderness. We educate, engage and encourage citizens and government agencies to stand up for our nation’s strong and unique wilderness heritage.

Please join us in ensuring that America's Wilderness remains full of mystery, adventure, and biological wealth.

“It is painfully clear to me…that a private, citizen’s organization is necessary if the spirit and letter of this landmark law [the Wilderness Act] is to be observed… I wholeheartedly offer my name and energy to your splendid efforts.” —Former Secretary of the Interior, Stewart Udall, upon joining the Wilderness Watch board of directors


Monte Dolack's W50 artOrder Monte Dolack's Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary Poster:  Internationally-acclaimed artist Monte Dolack has been commissioned to create a fine art poster commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Dolack's poster will commemorate this milestone and celebrate our 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System.

Wilderness Watch is handling the production and distribution of the posters on behalf of the national Wilderness50 planning team. Posters are $25 each. Shipping is $5 for the first poster, $1 for each additional poster. Order online or by contacting Jeff Smith: 406.542.2048 x1 or jsmith@wildernesswatch.org.

*Monte Dolack's artwork above is a rough study of the final artwork, which is in-progress.


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Michael Frome"Cheering 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act," by Michael Frome:

"...How to utilize wilderness, and public lands in general, as an educational and inspirational resource so that upcoming generations respect the natural world, is part of the fundamental challenge as we look ahead to the next 25 years and beyond.

We need to learn much more about wilderness: where it is and where it was; its physical and psychic therapeutic qualities; its relation to science, art, ethics, and religion; the contributions of individuals who have helped, in their own way, to save it and give meaning to it for society…"

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