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Esri Joins the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

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Esri, a longtime advocate of environmental conservation, celebrates the success of America’s Wilderness Act and encourages citizens to participate in learning about and preserving wilderness in their areas! Here are a few examples: Wilderness Conservation Showcased in 10 Inspirational Maps.


Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 3, 1964, America’s Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside 9.1 million acres of wilderness. Today, federal and non-government agencies use GIS to manage more than 100 million acres of wilderness. GIS technology also helps them meet their mission to make this wilderness information available to the public.


In correspondence with the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is hosting a photography exhibition featuring photos of the U.S. Wilderness System. The exhibit is in observance of this month's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and features touch-screen kiosks with two Esri story maps. Here are the online versions: Wilderness Forever: The Photographs and Wilderness Forever: Wilderness in Context.