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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
St. George Field Office
 
Release Date: 04/21/14
Contacts: Yanavey McCloskey , 435-865-3032  

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act in Southern Utah


Put the wild back into your life!

Red Mountain Wilderness, photo by Iris PicatSt. George, Utah—In celebration of the Wilderness Act 50th anniversary, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah St. George Field Office and Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends are hosting a WildernessFest in cooperation with other local partners. Enjoy a free night of festivities on April 25, 2014, and discover all that America’s wilderness has to offer.
 
Mark your calendars for April 25, 2014 from 3-7 p.m. and meet Brad Petersen, Utah’s first Director of Outdoor Recreation, as he kicks-off the event at Confluence Park in LaVerkin, Utah. Prepare for your next outdoor adventure with complimentary wilderness workshops and interactive booths supported by businesses and organizations from surrounding communities. Learn from experts about animal tracking, canyoneering, photography, and survival skills. Enjoy local live music, presented by KTIM Radio, and bring the kids, for a chance to earn a 50th anniversary limited edition Wilderness Explorer Junior Ranger badge.

The benefits of wilderness are well known. Wild places give us pristine areas to travel and camp, hike and fish.  The BLM and its partners recognizes that Utah's wilderness lands provide these benefits as well as a huge variety of other uses and values—from non-motorized and non-mechanized recreation, to critical wildlife habitat, clean water and air, and unmatched opportunities for solitude.
 
For more information about this event and directions to Confluence Park contact Iris Picat at 435-688-3346 or visit http://www.sunclf.com/Wilderness-Fest.         
 

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 04-21-2014