National Wilderness Conference


The 50th Anniversary National Wilderness Conference is the culminating commemorative event for the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The conference was held in Albuquerque, NM, from October 15-19, 2014.[1]

National Wilderness Conference
National Wilderness Conference is hosted by wilderness50, a coalition to commemorate 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act
organizer Wilderness50
date October 15-19, 2014
location Albuquerque, NM


This conference is a multi-day event including presentations, panel discussions, exhibits, field trips, and skill-development workshops. The conference will provide ample opportunity to network and share ideas, celebrate recent successes, share lessons learned, and discuss emerging challenges in wilderness stewardship. Conference tracks will include history, stewardship, education, experience, civic engagement, and science.[2]

Conference GoalsEdit

The conference is convened to provide a forum for discussing growing challenges to wilderness values while deepening and enabling participants’ engagement in wilderness stewardship in a time of unprecedented environmental and social change;[3] meanwhile, it also aims to honor the achievement of a half-century of permanent protection for America’s wild places under the Wilderness Act.


The National Wilderness Conference was produced by the Wilderness50, a diverse coalition of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions[3]—including the Pew Charitable Trusts, Wilderness Society, Sierra Club, Back Country Horsemen of America, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, Conservation Lands Foundation, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, and National Park Service.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Wilderness Conference".
  2. ^ Lambert, Lee (2013-12-02). "50th Anniversary Conference and Exhibition". Society for Wilderness Stewardship. Archived from the original on 2014-04-16.
  3. ^ a b "Hundreds of activities planned as lead-up to September 2014 Anniversary" (Press release). Sierra Club. 2013-09-04.