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Wilderness Act: How the Gila Led the Way for Preserving Wilderness

On September 3, 1964, the Wilderness Act created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States. But did you know that the Gila led the way 40 years earlier? The Gila became the world’s first designated wilderness area in 1924. It was designated as part of the National Forest System. Aldo Leopold was the driving force behind this […]