The Wilderness Act of 1964

June 10, 2017


As Friends of Wilderness we enjoy the Mount Zirkel, Flat Tops and Sarvis Creek Wilderness Areas, but did you ever want to know more about “Wilderness”.

Why are watches and cell phones OK, but bikes prohibited? 

Why are previously existing bridges left, but new bridges not built? 

How does the Act balance protecting endangered species (ex. a plant) but prohibit building an irrigation system . 

I stumbled on a great (free – super great) online course offered by the University of Montana / Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center that does a great job of explaining the origin and implications of the Wilderness Act.

The course is self-paced and covers approximately two hours of material. 

If you're interested go to the following site



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