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September 3, 2009 marks the 45th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. When signed into law in 1964 the Wilderness Act designated lands in California, New Mexico and other states as wilderness. Lands across the country have joined since - protecting wild places for all Americans.

President Barack Obama has declared September, 2009, to be National Wilderness Month.

At The Wilderness Society we are sharing photos sent in by supporters from wilderness and wild lands across the country. We are also asking everyone to share some stories about wilderness experiences. Was it hot or cold? Did it rain the whole time (ugh)? Did you witness the most amazing sunrise ever? Tell us. 

We would love it if you could help us encourage President Obama to share a wilderness story. Write your note now and ask him to visit this page at to see citizen photos and share his experience (we hope you will check it out and share your story, also).

Earlier this year the President signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act which designated new Wilderness areas in nine states and set up alternate protections for other special areas. But we are asking him to share a story or two and hope you'll add your voice to that request.

Thank you for getting involved and taking time to speak up for Wilderness and wild lands.

- The Wilderness Society

Letter to
President of the United States
As you know, September 3, 2009, marks the 45th Anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act into law. You have shown support for wilderness and wild American lands. Earlier this year you signed the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act and have also declared September, 2009, to be National Wilderness Month.

The Wilderness Society has collected wilderness and wild lands photos from citizens across the country. They are sharing them at and also asking people to share short stories about wilderness experiences.

I am writing to ask you to share a wilderness story. Wild and natural places bind Americans together - whether it is climbing a peak in a remote Montana Wilderness area or getting some inspiration from the wild bit of river in a local park. It would be great to hear your wilderness story. Head on over to to participate.

Thank you.

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