The Deschutes National Forest and Discover Your Forest are partnering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act. On September 26, the Deschutes National Forest and Discover Your Forest will host an evening of film and lectures at 6pm in the Old St. Francis Theatre at McMenamin’s in Bend.
An exhibit entitled, The Art of Wilderness is featured Dudley’s Bookstore and Café, 135 NW Minnesota Avenue in Bend. The exhibition includes paintings inspired by the wild areas and beautiful landscapes that have been protected by the landmark piece of legislation.
On September 26, the Deschutes National Forest and Discover Your Forest will host an evening of film and lectures at 6 pm in the Old St. Francis Theatre at McMenamin’s in Bend, 700 NW Bond Street. The recently released Wilderness themed films, Untrammeled and The Meaning of Wild will be shown with introductions to each. The event is expected to last two hours and both films are family friendly with a run time of 30 minutes each.
The theatre holds approximately 120 people. Admission is $5 and tickets are available for pre-sale from the following link or at the McMenamin’s box office during business hours.
The Wilderness Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 3, 1964 after having passed through Congress with bipartisan support. The original Act created approximately 9 million acres of Wilderness in 13 states. Since its passing, 109,511,966 acres have been designated as Wilderness in 44 states and Puerto Rico.