Sierra Club Executive Director Embarks on Family Road Trip
Celebrates 50 Years of Wilderness
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and his family will be hitting the road this week to experience some of America's most scenic wild places first hand. To celebrate the Wilderness Act's 50th anniversary this year, the family will spend a week hiking and camping as they wind their way through protected and proposed wilderness areas in the Pacific Northwest. Along the way they’ll enjoy beautiful wild places, thanks to the enduring legacy of the Wilderness Act, and also get a glimpse of the ongoing need for continued work to permanently protect many of our country’s remaining special places in the face of growing threats.
"Since the days of John Muir, people have worked diligently to protect wild places, and for 50 years the Wilderness Act has been an effective tool to help them do it. This week we'll be celebrating that great American tradition with another-- the summer family road trip," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.
Over the past fifty years the Wilderness Act has protected nearly 110 million acres of public lands for all Americans to enjoy. Worthy in their own right, these lands also provide clean air and water for communities, homes for wildlife, help fight climate disruption, and contribute to the $646 billion outdoor recreation economy. Wilderness areas provide opportunities for people to reconnect with the outdoors and with each other in an increasingly disconnected world.
The trip is part of ongoing wilderness celebrations by the Sierra Club and others this year, including an expedition by Brune last week through the Mollie Beattie Wilderness and the threatened coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and a wilderness photography exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History this fall.
"I want my kids to experience the wonders of these places and see first-hand the value of preserving them for everyone to enjoy. America's wilderness is a living legacy that all Americans should have the opportunity to experience," said Brune.
Last year the Brune family began their special places summer road trip tradition with a tour of the Southwest, visiting places in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado, including the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument and proposed Grand Canyon Watershed and Greater Canyonlands National Monuments.
July 8-10-- Waldo Lake, Oregon
July 11- 13-- Alpine Lakes and Wild Sky Wilderness, Washington
July 17-19-- Boulder- White Clouds, Idaho
About the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information, visit http://www.sierraclub.org.