Join Los Padres ForestWatch as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This landmark legislation established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines “wilderness” as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain.
To highlight this historic occasion and to celebrate the 10 wilderness areas in the Los Padres National Forest, we’re presenting a series of Wilderness 50 Celebrations, which kick off with premiere guided hikes across some of the best wilderness areas in the Los Padres National Forest, each featuring naturalists, botanists, and other authorities in the region. The celebration concludes with a captivating evening featuring two of the country’s premiere wilderness photographers.
Marc Muench & Jeff Jones
November 12, 2014 · 7:00pm · Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara
Two of the most admired nature and wilderness photographers come together to present a stunning performance of their work, featuring breathtaking images from wilderness areas and wild places throughout the country and close to home. They’ll also share some of their adventures out in the field. See muenchphotography.com and lumnos.com for more information about these artists’ works.
This event is free. Advance ticket sales are now closed, but free tickets are still available at the door on a first-come first-served basis.
Wilderness 50 Celebrations & Hikes
Thank you to everyone who joined us on our hikes commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and to all of our friends who hosted our post-hike celebrations!