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Free events in Sheridan celebrate Wyoming wilderness

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — The Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming Wilderness Association and Wilderness Watch are hosting two free events in Sheridan, Wyo., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the 30th anniversary of the Cloud Peak Wilderness.

Mark Harvey, who teaches American history at North Dakota State University and has written extensively about the environmental movement and wilderness preservation, will speak from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Atrium at Sheridan College about Howard Zahniser and the vision for America’s wilderness.

A Walk for Wilderness is planned on June 14 at Kendrick Park. The day’s activities will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 2 p.m. Harvey will kick off the mile-long walk at 9:30 a.m. from the band shell, though participants are free to walk the route at any time. People can enjoy live music, cross-cut saw demonstrations, youth activities, food and browse booths where local businesses and organizations will provide outdoor education and information.

The Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in September 1964. The legislation provides permanent protection to portions of public lands as wilderness.

Named for the tallest mountain in the Bighorns — Cloud Peak at 13,167 feet — the Cloud Peak Wilderness was designated in 1984 with passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act.

More information about these events is available at www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/ and www.wildwyo.org/. More information about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is available at http://www.wilderness50th.org/.

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