Wilderness and Rivers and Trails
Two pivotal laws, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails Act, were enacted almost 50 years ago when outdoor enthusiasts and congressional champions demanded free-flowing rivers and trails to connect people to the outdoors. Wild & Scenic Rivers flow through nearly 12% of wilderness areas; 89 wilderness areas in all protect the land surrounding iconic and obscure rivers like the Rogue, Chattooga, and Pecos. National Trails like the Pacific Crest and Appalachian National Scenic Trails and the Iditarod and Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trails traverse pass through more than 125 wilderness areas.
Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute--the federal government's wilderness training and research arms, respectively--and the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.