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Celebrating 50 years of wilderness May 30 in Asheville

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The Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS) a program of the The Wilderness Society Southern Appalachian Office, co-hosts with the U.S. Forest Service “An Evening of Wilderness Champions—Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness” on Friday, May 30 from 4:00 to 8:00pm at the Century Room at Pack’s Tavern in Asheville, NC.

The event is free and open to the public and will feature a 5:30pm program including a keynote address by Doug Scott, a historian and longtime champion of Wilderness and remarks from Meryl Harrell, Natural Resources and Environment Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Awards will also be presented at the event, followed by live music from jazz musician Stephen Wood, whose compositions explore the connections between Wilderness and music. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

The celebration is part of the Wilderness Skills Institute (a project of Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, U.S. Forest Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy), and takes place in recognition of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act (1964-2014). The afternoon and evening will celebrate those champions of the past that brought the Wilderness Act to life, and the champions of the present who work inside and outside of our land management agencies to serve these special places. The event will also serve to inspire that next generation of Wilderness Champions.

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