'Faces and Places of Wilderness' Photo Contest Winners
"Faces and Places of Wilderness"contest received nearly 600 photos. Narrowing down to the winners was a challenging task. We thank everyone who entered and hope Americans continue to celebrate and cherish our Wilderness Area.
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Over the next several weeks, we'll be sharing more of our favorite entries on Facebook
1st Place - "What are you looking at?"
2nd Place - "Icon of the American West, Bison Bull"
3rd Place - "Fortress of the Bear Wilderness"
1st Place - "Robert Marek, Camp 3"
2nd Place - "Morning light on the way to the summit of the Mount of the Holy Cross"
3rd Place - "Chugach Children's Forest participants float across the waters of Prince William Sound during a kayak-based youth stewardship expedition"
1st Place - "Tidioute Island"
2nd Place - "Island Lake Double Sun Star"
3rd Place - "Wyoming Wildflowers"
A big "thank you" to everyone who submitted, and Congratulations to all our winners!
Don't forget to check out more fantastic submissions on our Facebook page and be sure to keep an eye out for our next contest!
Today the National Wilderness Preservation System contains nearly 110 million acres of lands enjoyed by all Americans. These wilderness lands all exist within our National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges and Bureau of Land Management Lands.
The first time I hiked in the Sipsey Wilderness I felt like I’d wandered into some strange oasis. With deep canyons, high waterfalls, and forests of hemlocks and mountain laurel, the Sipsey seems out of place in north Alabama. It’s as if, by some miracle, a 25,000-acre chunk of North Georgia was transported 190 miles to the West.
Travel in California and you will experience diverse Wilderness areas spanning coast to alpine and desert to montane. There are 149 wilderness areas in California ranging in size from six acres to 3.1 million. They cover nearly 15 million acres—roughly 15 percent of the state.