Now that the 50th anniversary year is over, various reports have been released outlining success measures and accomplishments during 2014. Some of these reports are specific to one particular organization's events and projects; others are inclusive of a variety of successes. Please contact Lisa Ronald, Communications Coordinator, if you have a report from you agency that you would like listed here.
On the first Wednesday of each month at 11am PST from January to July, Wilderness50 hosted webinars for anyone planning, organizing or hosting a 50th anniversary community event. Some webinars addressed particular topics; others were information sharing opportunities to learn from the experiences of others.
Here are several examples of 50th anniversary banners.
This black and white banner of the 50th anniversary logo was designed by the Forest Service Region 8 and printed by Georgia Printco, 866-572-0146. Contact Georgia Printco for reprints; contact Jimmy Gaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, for questions about this banner.
These digital proofs of 4-color 24" x 36" (#49244a) and 72" x 36" (#49241) banners that include the 50th anniversary logo and all four wilderness-management agency shields were produced by the Forest Service Region 2. The larger banner also says "Walk for Wilderness" at the top. Contact Ralph Swain, email@example.com for information about the banners. Note that these banners use the old BLM logo. When using these templates, be sure to use the new BLM logo.
Contact FastSigns for reprints of the 4-color banners:
1000 South Wadsworth Blvd. Suite I
Lakewood, CO 80226
This 5.5" x 3" branding iron was purchased by the Cibola National Forest to brand biscuits for next year's Wilderness50 'Get Wild' Festival in Albuquerque, NM. The iron was purchased from:
L & H Branding Irons
410 6th Street SE
P.O. Box 639
Mandan, North Dakota 58554
Toll Free: 800-437-8068
Toll Free: 800-522-7091
has recently developed various brochures for electronic and print use:
Commemorative Art Print/Poster
Monte Dolack, a Montana-based, internationally-acclaimed artist was commissioned to produce this art print commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Individual orders can be placed online
through Charitable Payment Processing.
The Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) has partnered with John Fielder, Colorado's best known nature photographer, who has contributed his stunning photographs to produce a beautiful Colorado wilderness poster that includes each of the 43 Wilderness Areas in Colorado. Posters are sold individually or wholesale with special pricing available to non-profit groups, including government agencies. Here are details on pricing and ordering: The pricing is $7.50 for normal posters and $50 for the limited edition; With this pricing, the request is for orders to be at least 25 posters; For groups with a tax-exempt certificate, no sales tax will be charged; The are 2 options for shipping costs 1) USPS Shipping: $5 for up to 5 posters in a sturdy cardboard container or 2) No Shipping - Manual Pickup: The purchaser will be contacted to figure out how to arrange pickup.
Community Wilderness Quilt or Flag
Working with schools, school classes, church or bible study groups, scouts or other youth groups is a great and creative way to honor a local wilderness area, particularly if you live near one of the 50-year-old wilderness areas
designated by the 1964 Wilderness Act. The quilt, or flag
, is essentially a large-scale map of the wilderness (complete with forests, lakes, trails, topo lines and/or other details) that is cut into squares, which are decorated, adorned, sketched, and/or painted by classes or groups in the community. The individual squares are pieced back together for display, showing both the whole wilderness and the individual creativity of the square artists.
Use these step-by-step instruction, complete with pictures, to lay out your quilt or flag.
National 50th anniversary displays
are now available for reservation. Reservations will be taken first-come-first-serve. Fill out the reservation form
and email it to 50th anniversary student intern Ian Davidson
, 602-639-0867. NOTE: These displays are meant for use at discrete events, not for months at a time. We will not accept reservations for longer than 1 month and, depending on demand, may choose to shorten longer reservations in order to accomodate other requests. If you need a display for months, you can purchase your own using the raw design files from which these displays were produced. To obtain these files, please contact Josh Hammari
Other local or state display examples will also be catalogued here including this draft portable pop-up display of Utah Wildernesses
that could be used for the 50th and beyond. The center panel could be removed for use after 2014. Pop-ups run about $150-200 each depending on height/width and quality.
Purchase various merchandise branded with the 50th anniversary logo
from our CafePress site. You can also purchase educational products
from the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center including stickers, bookmarks, lanyards, hand sanitizer, backpack towels, bandanas, rite-in-the-rain notebooks.
Additional education plans and products, including the Wilderness Explorer Junior Ranger Program Activities and Adventures Book, Certificate, Materials Set, and Patch (order patches from Tammy Cox at Carolina Emblem Company, 864-468-4963, firstname.lastname@example.org) can be found in the Interpretation and Education Toolbox on Wilderness.net.
Volunteers and staff at Girl Scouts Heart of Central California have created an older girls badge series to give girls an opportunity to learn about the Wilderness Act, the importance of wilderness and its preservation, explore possible environmental careers, complete a journey or earn a badge, and create a Take Action project in their community.
First Aid Kit
Forest Service Rangers are required to carry first aid supplies. These first aid kits
include not only the agency shield, but information about the 50th anniversary. Order them from Western Heritage directly from their catalog, $40/each, minimum order of 50, 1-800-303-5703.
Business-style information cards are a self-printable useful handout at events, meetings, conferences, workshops and trainings. Side 1
contains information about wilderness; Side 2
contains information about the 50th anniversary. Print these on pre-perforated business card stock template paper (Avery 8376 or similar, 10 cards/sheet), on a color printer for best results.
Leave No Trace
Official 50th Anniversary Map
The USGS recently printed an official wilderness map for the 50th anniversary. Digital copies of the front
are available online. Bulk printed copies were given to all wilderness management agency offices (BLM, FWS, FS, NPS) as well as to interested Wilderness50
partners to distribute at community events during 2014.
Other Map Examples
Region, state, trail, or topic-specific wilderness maps, including this map of wilderness areas along the Pacific Crest Trail
can be produced using GIS wilderness boundaries from Wilderness.net
Large Format Maps for Local Community Event Hosts
Through a generous donation by MyTopo, a company that prints custom maps, local event hosts can get one free 5 x 8 or 4 x 5 foot map to use at their event. There are only 45 total available, so no more than one per person. Simply go onto the MyTopo website
, create your custom map of whatever area you want, and use the code "Wilderness50TY" during checkout.
Coupons for Backcountry Maps
MyTopo has also donated online coupons for discounts on their wilderness maps. Visit the MyTopo website
, create your custom maps of whatever areas you want, then use the code "Wilderness50" during checkout to receive a 30% discount on your purchase.
Museum/Airport/Visitor Center Exhibit
Museums, airports, and visitor centers are high-traffic areas that can be used to present educational exhibites about wilderness. Use this request template
to approach area museums, airports, or visitor centers about securing exhibit space in 2014 (do this early, even if you do not have a clear idea yet of what the display will contain).
Many organizations offer outings to get members of the public out in wilderness to do field or volunteer work or simply to enjoy the outdoors. Although developed by the Sierra Club, it's easy to adapt this outings worksheet
for your outing leaders and participants.
The following PowerPoints have been developed for use at events or as events themselves.
Idaho Puppet Theater!
has a new travelling children's show called Happy Birthday, Wilderness!
that can be incorporated into any 2013 or 2014 50th anniversary event. In the show, wildlife characters native to different parts of the United States have received invitations to a birthday party for wilderness. As they meet others along the way, they realize how different wilderness areas can be from each other. It takes a lot of comedy and a little bit of wisdom for the characters to find the right party. This is an interactive performance, with the audience helping the characters figure out what- and where- their local wilderness actually is. Each show features puppets created especially for IPT! (like Boulder, the Mountain Goat), up to 10 puppet performers, and a portable curtained stage with an optional stage canopy. Contact IPT! for more information:
Idaho Puppet Theatre! LLC
876 Comeback Bay Lane
Sagle, Idaho 83860
Teachers, booksellers and libraries are encouraged to use wilderness-related reading materials
for adults and young people that include non-fiction and also wilderness-connected fiction.
Speakers can be featured, either independently, or as part of a larger event, such as a Walk for Wilderness. Many organizations have speakers bureaus. One speaker to consider is:
Several companies produce 50th anniversary stickers. You will need to contact the company you want to order from to facilitate orders and to get up-to-date wholesale pricing.
Here is pricing information from Custom Sticker Makers for a 1.93" x 3" sticker of the 50th anniversary logo
that was produced by the BLM in Nevada.
100 qty - $25.00
Custom Sticker Makers
250 qty - $28.95
500 qty - $57.90
1000 qty - $115.80
2500 qty - $289.50
, 1-800-313-5463. For more information about the sticker artwork, contact:
S. Gus Malon
Ely District BLM
Eagle River Designs' 50th logo vinyl decals are also available in wholesale quantities all year long.
Toolbox for Wilderness Education
This Wilderness Education Toolbox information is offered primarily as an idea for other agency units to consider, but can be borrowed by partners. The Toolbox contains materials
for use by Forest Service employees, partners, and volunteers in wilderness and Leave No Trace information and education efforts. Organizations located near the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests in central and southwest Virginia who are interested in borrowing a Wilderness Education Toolbox should contact their local Ranger District office.
Full-Length Videos and Films
There are a variety of wilderness-related videos and films that have been produced in the past 30 years. Use this wilderness audio/video catalog
to select a video or film by category, subject, year, audience, length etc. All videos and films have been reviewed for educational and entertainment value and source information is provided for each.
Short Online Videos
American University communications students produced the following PSAs:
The National Park Service is producing a series of 3-5 minute YouTube videos about wilderness. Play any of these videos before your event, as an introduction, or during breaks.
The National Park Service Harpers Ferry Center produced the following interview clips:
The National Park Service in Alaska produced this video documenting the removal of oil barrels using traditional dog sleds
The Friends of Mount Evans and Lost Creek Wildernesses produced this video on how 50th anniversary crosscut saw cookies are made.
Northern Arizona University students produced a 50th promotional video of student voices.
The Forest Service produced this series of video interviews on:
The Bureau of Land Management's Utah office produced the following video series:
Walk For Wilderness
During the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the most popular and prevalently-held event was the "Wilderness Walk." Use this emailable/printable Wilderness Walk Planning Guide
to host a wilderness walk in your community. The guide provides valuable advice on everything from selecting a site to engaging partners in an easy-to-read format. Not sure what a wilderness walk entails? Watch this 5-minute YouTube video
from a 40th anniversary Walk for Wilderness in Evergreen, Colorado. Also, here's an example of a 72" x 36"
banner that include the 50th anniversary logo, all four wilderness-management agency shields, and says "Walk for Wilderness" at the top (see more information above under "Banners").
One kid-friendly activity to include as part of your wilderness walk is a quiz. Six poster
with pictures of wilderness areas contain information about wilderness. Kids are given a quiz sheet
near the beginning of the walk, turn them in at the end for the correct answers
and a prize.
A limited number of Klean Kanteen water bottles
were produced by the Bureau of Land Management in California. The BLM logo appears on the back. These bottles were purchased from Klean Kanteen through their co-branding program
. Water bottles bearing the 50th logo can also be purchase from CafePress
, however, CafePress is not intended for large wholesale orders.
Wilderness Ranger Cookbook
In 1990, the Forest Service produced the first-ever Wilderness Ranger Cookbook. For the 50th anniversary, the cookbook will be redone and expanded to include recipes from all four wilderness management agencies, from any wilderness ranger, wilderness volunteer or resource specialist who works in congressionally designated wilderness. Cooksbooks will be sold beginning in the fall of 2014 and at the National Wilderness Conference.