The Wilderness Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–577) was written by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society. It created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States, and protected 9.1 million acres (37,000 km²) of federal land.
The Wilderness Act: Created a way for Congress and Americans to designate "wilderness areas," which represent the nation's highest form of land protection. Created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which manages the nation’s protected wilderness areas. wilderness.org
The Wilderness Act of 1964 Public Law 88-577 (16 U.S.C. 1131-1136) 88th Congress, Second Session September 3, 1964 (As amended) Download the Wilderness Act (PDF) AN ACT. To establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes. www.wilderness.net
The Wilderness Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–577) was written by Howard Zahniser of The Wilderness Society. It created the legal definition of wilderness in the United States, and protected 9.1 million acres (37,000 km²) of federal land. en.wikipedia.org
Wilderness areas are to be primarily affected by the forces of nature, though the Wilderness Act does acknowledge the need to provide for human health and safety, protect private property, control insect infestations, and fight fires within the area. wilderness.nps.gov
Although the Wilderness Act is the single piece of guiding legislation for all wilderness areas, many other laws affect wilderness. Some laws have designated additional wilderness areas, subsequent to the initial 54 areas designated under the Wilderness Act. www.wilderness.net
The U.S. Congress passed and President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, to provide the highest level of protection for some of America's iconic, wild landscapes. www.nps.gov