Great Old Broads for Wilderness Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
at Telluride’s Mountainfilm Festival
May 23 – 26th 2014

Wilderness cannot be restored or recreated. It can only be destroyed… if we allow it. Borrowing the words of Steve Boyes, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, his words ring true as we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

While we can celebrate the 109 million acres that have been permanently protected as Wilderness since 1964. We also face the disturbing fact that U.S. Congress has failed to protect a single acre of Wilderness, until recently (March 13, 2014). Sleeping Bear Dunes located in Michigan is the newest wilderness to be added to the National Wilderness Preservation System and well deserved. We hope this marks the start of renewed action by Congress to preserve our wild and sacred places that contribute greatly to our nation’s natural legacy, economy, and well-being.

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness in conjunction with the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival will be honoring the importance of wilderness at this year’s Moving Mountains symposium. This year’s symposium theme is appropriately Wilderness.

Taking advantage of this celebration, Great Old Broads will  host an open house Friday, May 23, 4:30 pm – 6:30pm at the home of fellow Broad Dana Ivers to celebrate 50 years of the Wilderness Act as well as the organization’s 25 years of advocacy.

Light refreshments will be served as Broads convene from around the country to join in the celebration of the protection of unparalleled beauty and biodiversity of our last true wilderness areas while also commemorating the auspicious silver anniversary of the Broads and the dedicated work that they have been doing for 25 years. The public is invited.

It is true. We cannot recreate this wild landscape. Nor, can be restore what has been lost, but we can take proactive steps to protect the wildness, those places of wonder and delight for generations to come.

For more information regarding the open house event, please contact Ellen, ellen@greatoldbroads.org. Or, call 970-385-9577.  For more information regarding Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, visit: http://www.mountainfilm.org/moving-mountains-symposium

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national organization that engages and ignites the activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. Broads gives voice to the millions of Americans, young and older who want to protect their public lands and the species that call them home as Wilderness.  We bring experience, commitment, and humor to the movement to protect the last wild places on Earth.