The United States was the first country in the world to define and designate wilderness areas through law. Subsequently, countries around the world have protected areas modeled after the Wilderness Act. In 1964 our nation's leaders formally acknowledged the immediate and lasting benefits of wild places to the human spirit and fabric of our nation. That year, in a nearly unanimous vote, Congress enacted landmark legislation that permanently protected some of the most natural and undisturbed places in America. The Wilderness Act continues to be the guiding piece of legislation for all wilderness areas.
Congressional designation of the 43,243-acre Craters of the Moon National Wilderness Area was enacted on October 23, 1970, making the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Petriﬁed Forest National Park the ﬁrst units within the National Park System with designated wilderness areas (PL 91-504).
The photos in this album represent the wilderness character of Craters of the Moon.
Nov 25, 2011