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Senator from Colorado, has been instrumental in protecting our region's spectacular natural resources from overuse and exploitation," said Reid Haughey, President of The Wilderness Land Trust, a nonprofit that acquires endangered lands for the National Wilderness Preservation System.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With that start, Oberholtzer was all-in as a full-time wilderness advocate For three-and-a-half more decades, he led the conservationists' side in a seemingly endless succession of intense debates over proposed roads, togging, mining, and tourist development along the Minnesota-Ontario border His work contributed directly to the inclusion of BWCA in the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964 and its expansion by 58,000 acres in 1978, Ontario's granting of full wilderness protection to Ouetico Provincial Park in 1972; and the establishment of Voyageurs National Park in 1975.
Today the designation has been extended to 109Êmillion acres in a National Wilderness Preservation System that includes deserts, mountainous areas, meadows and forests.
Also in 1988 Congress approved the Washington Park Wilderness Act (Public Law 100-688) which made most of the North Cascades National Park Complex part of the National Wilderness Preservation system.
Upon its creation 30 years ago, the Act's National Wilderness Preservation System designated about nine million acres of federal land as Wilderness.
The report, mandated in Section 507(a) of the Americans with Disabilities Act, states, "The National Council on Disability shall conduct a study and report on the effect that wilderness designations and wilderness land management practices have on the ability of individuals with disabilities to use and enjoy the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) as established under the Wilderness Act.
Wilderness designation by Congress is the highest level of protection that can be given to federal lands, adding them to the National Wilderness Preservation System as areas where nature reigns and people are just visitors.
That area just happens to be the homeland of Howard Zahniser, author of the National Wilderness Preservation System Act of 1964, which began to protect 107 million acres of wilderness on federal lands across the country for future generations.