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Amazing Earthfest in Kanab This Week

May 12
08:43 2014

Join Southern Utah in celebration of our planet at Amazing Earthfest this week through Saturday, May 17, in Kanab, Utah.

amazing earthfestThis year marks the 8th annual Amazing Earthfest, a week-long festival “Celebrating the Land and Life of the Colorado Plateau.” It’s held each year during the 3rd week of May in Kanab. Activities and presentations are open to everyone. Most are free of charge.

Scheduled events include everything from hiking and biking, to tours, performance art, presentations and award-winning documentary films. Activities are planned daily from early morning through late evening. You can come out for the whole day or for just select events. Keep in mind everything is on Utah time, which is one hour ahead of Arizona time.

This year, Amazing Earthfest celebrates the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act. The signature event honoring The Wilderness Act will be at The Crescent Moon Theater at 7pm on Wednesday, May 14.

The 1964 Wilderness Act

The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society’s Howard Zahniser, created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.

In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding
settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify all areas within the
United States and its possessions, leaving no lands designated for preservation and
protection in their natural condition, it is hereby declared to be the policy of the Congress
to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an
enduring resource of Wilderness”.

“For this purpose there is hereby established a National Wilderness Preservation
System to be composed of federally owned areas designated by Congress as ”wilderness
areas”, and these shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people
in such manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as

“A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the
landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the Earth and its community of life are
untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of
wilderness is further defined to mean in this Act an area of undeveloped Federal land
retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or
human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural
conditions….”–passages from The 1964 Wilderness Act

Zahniser wrote 66 drafts of the Wilderness Act between 1956 and 1964 and steered it through 18 hearings. Unfortunately, he never got to see it become law. He passed away in May, 1964. Several months later, on September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed The Wilderness Act into law.

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning,not just after we got through with it.”–President Lyndon B. Johnson


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