Celebration of our wilderness
2014 marks the 50th year since Congress enacted the Wilderness Act. Some of the grandest landscapes of America were given protection so future generations of Americans could experience them. Cities and countryside alike, Americans across the nation are celebrating this golden anniversary. Here in our precious Umpqua, there have been events in honor of the Wilderness Act. Coming up are two exhibits of artwork that focus on wilderness.
The first exhibit will be open Sept. 3 to Nov. 5 at the Douglas County Museum and is titled “Wild Impressions: Art on the Legacy of Wilderness.” Seven artists have produced works of art inspired from wilderness areas in the Pacific Northwest.
The second is a state-wide traveling exhibit, “Art of the Wild Exhibition,” It will be open at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association from Oct. 31 through Dec. 19.
Events celebrating the Wilderness Act provide attendees an opportunity to learn about the act. Water quality and quantity is the highest in areas that have wilderness. Fisheries thrive, and wilderness provides some of the highest quality wildlife habitat.
But for all these important reasons, the main reason a wilderness bill was enacted in 1964 was for humanity — to bring these landscape areas unmolested by human exploitation and impact, into the future for generations to enjoy and experience.