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In Support of Wild Lands

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which allows land to be designated as “where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” The George Washington & Jefferson National Forests that provide so much outdoor pleasure in the Roanoke region encompass 23 Wilderness areas.
At a recent Sierra Club Roanoke Chapter meeting, Rupert Cutler, a Roanoke resident since 1991 and former assistant U.S. secretary of agriculture for Sandconservation, research, and education in the President Jimmy Carter administration, reviewed the history of wilderness efforts and introduced some of the stewards of the past and their publications. Among the books he recommended were:
Discovering America, 1700-1875” by Henry Savage
The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act” by Doug Scott
And, “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold, which is available in Brown Library’s substantial collection of nature books. Leopold was one of the founders of the The Wilderness Society.
Also, who could forget the amazing photos of Ansel Adams such as those in “Yosemite and the Range of Light,” which is among five Adams books in the Brown Library collection.
To learn more about the history of the Wilderness effort, view the videos at the Bureau of Land Management  and find the designated Wilderness areas in the Roanoke region.