It's the Wilderness Act--legislation that encourage the protection of some of the most spectacular places in America. And it started fifty years ago, in 1964.
No, not before we were born. But thank you for asking!
The US Forest Service is hoping to make a big deal out of this, and we hope they are successful. After all, this act is what has allowed us to hike for days on end through the Sierra Nevada without crossing a road, seeing a power line, or hearing the noise of chain saws or cars. That's wilderness in the photo at left, near Sonora Pass.
If you want to know more about what the USFS is doing for the anniversary (the official date is in September) check out this link.
And if you want to see what it all means, put on a backpack and head into the many wonderful wilderness areas of the Sierra Nevada.