Forty years ago this past Friday, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System to “…secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.”

John Muir once wrote:

“How interesting everything is! Every rock, mountain, stream, plant, lake, lawn, forest, garden, bird, beast, insect seems to call and invite us to come and learn something of its history and relationship… No other place has ever so overwhelmingly attracted me as this hospitable, Godful wilderness.”

I couldn’t agree more. I only hope those we elect to lead us agree as well.