John Fielder event in Granby celebrates wilderness
The Grand County Wilderness Group and the U.S. Forest Service announce a John Fielder event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at the Middle Park High School Auditorium in Granby.
The event is free and open to the public and features a 75-minute slide show with over 200 of John’s favorite wilderness images from Colorado and beyond (including many areas of Grand County) made in the past 40 years, accompanied by beautiful music, entitled A Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness.
The event includes a book sale and signing of all of John’s Colorado books and calendars, including a new edition of his best-selling book Mountain Ranges of Colorado celebrating Wilderness 50, and a special Colorado Wilderness 50 Poster. Thirty percent of book sales are returned to sponsoring non-profit organizations.
On Sept. 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill 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.
During the past 50 years, as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres of wilderness. In Colorado, 3.6 million acres have been protected as wilderness since 1964, including such diverse lands as the Maroon Bells, Gunnison Gorge, Flat Tops, Great Sand Dunes, and much of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Grand County is home to five wilderness areas; Indian Peaks, Vasquez Peak, Byers Peak, Never Summer and Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado’s wilderness achievement includes 43 separate wilderness areas, each with a story, a story of citizens working together to permanently protect some of the most iconic places in our state.
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