ST. GEORGE — The Bureau of Land Management Utah St. George Field Office and Southwest Utah National Conservation Lands Friends are hosting a Wilderness Fest in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The public is invited to enjoy a free night of festivities and discover all that America’s wilderness has to offer at LaVerkin’s Confluence Park from 3-7 p.m. on Friday.
Meet Brad Petersen, Utah’s first Director of Outdoor Recreation, as he kicks-off the event. Prepare for your next outdoor adventure with complimentary wilderness workshops and interactive booths supported by businesses and organizations from surrounding communities. Learn from experts about animal tracking, canyoneering, photography, and survival skills. Enjoy local live music, presented by KTIM Radio, and bring the kids, for a chance to earn a 50th anniversary limited edition Wilderness Explorer Junior Ranger badge.
The benefits of wilderness are well known. Wild places provide pristine areas to travel and camp, hike and fish. The BLM and its partners recognize that Utah’s wilderness lands provide these benefits as well as a huge variety of other uses and values – from non-motorized and non-mechanized recreation to critical wildlife habitat, clean water and air, and unmatched opportunities for solitude.
Bureau of Land Management
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
Event details and contact information
- When: April 25
- Where: LaVerkin Confluence Park
- Contact: Iris Picat | Telephone: 435-688-3346
- Website: Wilderness Fest
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Ed. CORRECTION: The date for the event is April 25, which is Friday, not Saturday as originally published.