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Celebrate Shenandoah’s Wonderful Wilderness

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Shenandoah National Park is hosting a nine-day wilderness celebration, starting Saturday, August 30 through Sunday, September 7, 2014.

This anniversary is a wonderful chance to celebrate all that’s been achieved for wilderness in the past 50 years – See more at: http://wilderness.org/article/wilderness-act#sthash.UQXXTcG8.dpuf

(Luray , Va.) — On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation to set aside large tracts of public land in their natural state – “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” This 50-year anniversary is a wonderful chance to celebrate all that’s been achieved for the protection of wilderness in America.

Special events will include special ranger-led talks, hikes, Junior Ranger programs, and demonstrations held throughout the park. All programs during the nine-day event will feature a special emphasis on wilderness and the Wilderness resources found in Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah National Park’s wide open wilderness areas offer profound peace and beauty. Skyline Drive provides access though the park, and to numerous trailheads. Explore Shenandoah’s natural beauty on your own, or participate in scheduled hikes and ranger programs.

The Shenandoah National Park Trail Crew will host a primitive tool display and demonstrations at Byrd Visitor Center, Saturday August 30, and at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Saturday September 6.  Visitors can learn how trails in wilderness areas are maintained without power tools and can try their hand at using these tools to gain insight on the important role that trail maintenance plays in protecting Shenandoah’s Wilderness.

All programs and demonstrations are FREE with your paid park entrance fee.  A complete listing of wilderness programs and events can be found on the Shenandoah National Park website: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/wilderness50-events.htm

With nearly 80,000 acres of designated wilderness, Shenandoah offers one of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern United States.  The United States Congress designated the Shenandoah Wilderness in 1976. It is managed by the National Park Service. Deer, bears, and bobcats are protected in their wilderness habitat. Chipmunks, groundhogs, squirrels, skunks, raccoons, and opossums are frequently seen. Approximately 200 species of birds have been identified in Shenandoah, with ruffed grouse, ravens, juncos, barred owls, and wild turkeys counted among the permanent residents. Timber rattlesnakes and copperheads are occasionally sighted, but they rarely pose a threat to humans. More than 500 miles of trails provide access to the park, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail (AT). Approximately 175 miles of trails traverse wilderness. (Source wilderness.net)

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Contact: Kathy Moore, Moore Public Relations [email protected]