Before and Beyond: Celebrating the Gila Wilderness Centennial

January 25, 2024

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In 1924, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico became America’s first designated wilderness, predating the Wilderness Act by four decades. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of this significant milestone in our country’s conservation history, organizations throughout the state are coming together to honor its rich natural and cultural heritage in a months-long celebration titled The Gila Wilderness: Before and Beyond
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