By Community Submission
Sep 08, 2014

50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act—a Call to Service

The Pleasant Grove District of the Forest Service is planning a celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It seems like an ideal activity for Boy Scouts so I was hoping to get the word out to the troops that could potentially participate. Here are the details:50 years


Timpooneke trail is a beautiful trail that climbs steadily up the Giant Staircase to connect in with both the Timpanogos Summit trail and the Mount Timpanogos trail.

The date is September 20th. They are planning trail service projects that are open for the public to participate in.

A scout troop could show up at 12:30 at the Timpanonekee trailhead or the Silver Lake trailhead  and go with a ranger to pull up invasive plants and remove illegal fire rings.

They would wrap up around 4:30. At 5:30 there will be an evening program at the Timpanogos Cave National Monumentwhere the rangers will talk about the concept of Wilderness and what the wilderness act does. This includes a couple of Eagle scouts reporting on their eagle project preformed on Timpanogos in the last year.


Silver Lake Trail winds through stands of aspen trees. The last half of the trail becomes more open and steeper, crossing some loose rocks. Silver Lake is a beautiful mountain lake surrounded on the north and west by steep mountains. To the south there is a spectacular view of Mount Timpanogos as well as American Fork Canyon.

A troop could participate in just the service project, just the evening program, or both.

There will be patches and other things commemorating the anniversary at the evening program. (We don’t actually have a location for the evening program just yet, they were trying to reserve Mutual Dell with Granite Flats as a back up.) There is also a special junior ranger program for the wilderness act if there are younger kids interested.

This seems ideal for scouts because it is outdoors, service, educational (most of the illegal fire rings seem to be made by scouts), its a Saturday, its already planned, its fall and a gorgeous time to be in the canyons, and its a chance for scouts to interact with other groups of wilderness minded people.

2-inch-contourThe Lone Peak and Mt. Timpanogos Wilderness Areas just southeast of Salt Lake City, Lone Peak Wilderness contains very rugged terrain with narrow canyons and high peaks. It is located on both the Wasatch-Cache and Uinta National Forests. On the front range of the Wasatch Mountain Range, just south of Lone Peak Wilderness and situated between American Fork Canyon on the north and Provo Canyon on the south, Mount Timpanogos Wilderness offers abundant rugged terrain embellished with waterfalls and summer wildflowers. There are also outstanding glacial cirques and moraines. A perpetual snowfield located near Emerald Lake is a popular glissading area.

This year’s celebration of The Wilderness Act’s golden anniversary will include a Washington, D.C.-based Wilderness Week on September 15-17, 2014. Activities will include: an activist gathering to honor our history and discuss the next 50 years of wilderness protection; meetings with congressional leaders; a celebration event and after-hours tour of the Wilderness Forever photography exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National History Museum; a lecture by leading American environmental historian William Cronon; and much more.


We are looking forward to participation by advocates from across the nation and hope to see you in September! If you have any questions, please contact a member of the planning team: Andrew Pike (, Matt Kirby (, and Nicole Layman (



Author | Riley Rackliffe

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