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Wilderness and the Wilderness Act of 1964 - 50th Anniversary!
Black Rock Lecture Series


“Wilderness & the Wilderness Act of 1964”

3rd Friday Black Rock Lecture Series

Yucca Valley, CA, January 17, 2014 - Join the National Parks Conservation Association’s Seth Shteir for an exploration of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Learn about the history of one of America’s most important environmental laws and what makes federally designated wilderness special. Find out how this bill, like many others, was forged on the anvil of compromise. Come prepared to share your definition of wilderness and what makes wilderness special to you!

Seth Shteir works in Joshua Tree as the National Parks Conservation Association’s California Desert Field Representative. Seth developed a love of arid lands while visiting Arizona’s national parks as a child with his father. Clambering up saguaro strewn slopes, observing iridescent hummingbirds and surprising coatamundis in a desert wash instilled a desire to protect special places. Seth’s environmental writing has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, National Parks Magazine and Bird Watcher’s Digest. He is especially fond of the wildlife, starry skies and compelling geological formations of the Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park.

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, this lecture will be held at the Black Rock Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 on Friday, January 17, 7 pm – 8 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Desert Institute at (760) 367-5535,, or visit

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