The Wilderness Society and the Partnership for 21st Century Conservation Corps have partnered to complete 50 conservation projects across the country in celebration of the Wilderness Act anniversary
The Fifty for the 50th Campaign, through the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, will employ young people and veterans on our public lands and waterways, such as those managed by the US Forest Service, US Department of the Interior, and state, local and tribal lands.
What an amazing fifty years for wilderness! We have seen Congress respond to grassroots activity by expanding our wilderness system from 9 to nearly 110 million acres, now stretching across virtually every kind of landscape in our country. We have seen use of wilderness areas mushroom -- and it continues growing.
And we have seen wilderness groups spring up everywhere, urban and rural. Many began to advocate for a new wilderness areas to be protected, but most now also address the needs for volunteer stewardship to augment the work of the four federal agencies who administer wilderness areas.