Wilderness to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act


On February 27 the Deschutes National Forest and Discover Your Forest will host another Wilderness movie event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The film, Alone in the Wilderness, will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Riverbend Community Room at the Bend Metro Park and Recreation Office, 799 SW Columbia Street.

The event also will feature Forest Service trails specialist, Chris Sabo, who will discuss the use of primitive tools to maintain facilities and trails in congressionally designated Wildernesses.Alone in the Wilderness, is a documentary about Dick Proenneke who spent decades in the Alaskan backcountry.

The film is a simple account of Proenneke’s day-to-day explorations and activities in the backcountry, and the constant chain of nature’s events that kept him company. Admission is free and the room holds 80 people. Seating will be done on a first come, first serve basis and people attending the movie will not be allowed to hold seats. Groups should plan to arrive together.

This is the second event in a series of Wilderness themed movies to celebrate the historic 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. As a primary sponsor of the Wilderness series, Discover Your Forest will be accepting donations to help support their programs.Discover Your Forest is a local non-profit supporting the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River Grassland.

The Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964 after having passed through Congress with bipartisan support. The original Act created approximately 9 million acres of Wilderness in 13 states. Since its passing, 109,511,966 acres have been designated as Wilderness in 44 states and Puerto Rico. 

Deschutes National Forest 541-383-5517


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