Talk:Wilderness Act

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John Saylor[edit]

Just for accuracy:

1964 Wilderness Act

Representative John Saylor, R-Pennsylvania, was one of the first Members of Congress to advocate legislation that would protect land in its wild, unspoiled condition. His Act created the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness Act preserved large areas of our nation's lands into designated wilderness areas. Saylor's original 9.1 million acres of wilderness lands have been expanded over the years into today's 104 million acres, which form 631 wilderness areas in 44 states.
source:The Center on Congress, Indiana Unversity [1]

Marcia Wright (talk) 05:19, 26 September 2008 (UTC)


Explain undoing of deletion of California Consdierations - There were political considerations - At that time, most California politicians would not have suppported the 64 WA if it had included the San Joaquin Canyon. You are confusing exclusions within the Act with agreements made between politicans to get the Act passed.

Suggestions[edit]

I would suggest to elaborate on the criticisms section for this act because of its controversial definition of wilderness. The table with land area % usage is relevant however I believe that there might be more meaningful data/mapping available. This article nearly romanticizes the act with its inherently bias statement "poetically defines", without presenting the opposition. The future legislation section has much possibility to develop under Trump's administration. Updating information to 2017 would be helpful. ChalupaSupreme (talk) 22:22, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Why is the definition—definitely a poetic one—controversial? In your addition to the article: Another criticism of the Wilderness Act is that it defines wilderness as "where man himself is a visitor who does not remain"., How is that a criticism? Apparently I am not understanding your point of view. —EncMstr (talk) 00:02, 26 February 2017 (UTC)