Wilderness Society Launches 50 Conservation Projects to Honor 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act at June 24 Event


WASHINGTON (June 16, 2014) —Fifty conservation projects in 50 wild places throughout the U.S. will be completed this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and to celebrate the launch of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC)  The Wilderness Society and the Partnership for the 21CSC are coordinating this effort, which will be launched at a June 24 event.

HOST:            The Wilderness Society and the Partnership for the 21st Century Conservation Corps


SPEAKERS: Tom Vilsack, Secretary, US Department of Agriculture (invited)

                        Jamie Williams, President, The Wilderness Society

                        Mary Ellen Ardouny, Co-Chair of the Partnership for the 21CSC

                        Key Leaders from Regional Conservation Corps


WHAT:          Presentation and announcement of the 50 for the 50th Campaign.  


WHEN:          Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 9:00 to 10:00 am ET


WHERE:        The Wilderness Society’s Ansel Adams Gallery, 1615 M Street, NW, Washington, DC


The 50 for the 50th Campaign, through the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps will employ young people and veterans on our public lands and waterways, such as those managed by the US Forest Service, US Department of Interior, and state, local and tribal lands.  Projects involve work such as trail building, repairs and other improvements to preserve the areas’ natural qualities and ensure access by visitors.  Locations of the projects include designated wilderness in remote areas and also prospective wilderness areas such as Whitefish Trail in Montana’s Flathead National Forest and the Turkey Pen Gap Trail in Big Laurel Branch area of Tennessee.  Other projects are in more urban “backyard” places such as Bladensburg Waterfront Park, just outside Washington, DC and Candlestick Point State Park in San Francisco.

The June launch of the 50 for the 50th Campaign is part of Great Outdoors America Week, an annual event that draws hundreds of people and organizations to Washington to celebrate to our natural heritage and to advocate for preserving public lands and outdoor experiences for all Americans. 

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The Wilderness Society is the leading wild public lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, the organization has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands.  The 21CSC is a national effort to put young Americans and veterans to work protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s great outdoors. The program is operated through a public-private partnership between government, industry, non-profit and community organizations, including The Wilderness Society.

Contacts:  Michael Carroll, The Wilderness Society, 970-946-9043, michael_carroll@tws.org

Eugenie Bostrom, Conservation Legacy, Eugenie@conservationlegacy.org

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