Local, free activities will commemorate Wilderness Act

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By Brandon Caley
Special to The SUN

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Pagosa Ranger District has lined up several commemorative activities.

• Wilderness Film Festival — Saturday, Sept. 13, all day (specific times to be announced).

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership, in collaboration with the Pagosa Ranger District, presents the Colorado Environmental Film Festival.

Films include: “The Meaning of Wild,” “A Sense of Wonder,” excerpts from “The Greatest Good” and “Green Fire,” and a medley of the Best of Fest short films from Colorado Environmental Film Festival’s past eight years.

The film festival is free to the public and will be at the Liberty Theatre.

• Champions of Wilderness — Saturday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Heroes like Aldo Leopold, Arthur Carhart, Howard Zahniser and more have inspired many to view wilderness from a different perspective. Join us as we explore the famous words of these people who stood up for the rights of the land.

Directions: From Pagosa Springs, travel 2 miles west on U.S. 160, then turn northwest on FS Road 631 (Piedra Road) for 22 miles. Turn north on FS Road 640 and go 1 mile to the campground entrance. Teal campground is a mile north of Williams Creek Campground. Drive through the Teal Campground to the boat ramp, which will be on your right and visible from the road. Plenty of parking will be available. Feel free to bring your own chairs and blankets to sit on. Restroom facilities will also be available.

• Walk for Wilderness — Saturday, Sept. 27, from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Approximately 2-mile walk within city limits, accessible trail surfaces. Start and end at Town Park, with interpretive displays en route and event booths and activities at start and finish. Details forthcoming.

• Forever Wild — Library Display.

The Pagosa Ranger District will have a display table at the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library through the end of September featuring information on the “Wild 4” (wilderness areas) of San Juan National Forest, highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and Leave No Trace principals.

Feel free to visit the display during regular business hours.

These are a few of the activities we have lined up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and all are free to the public.