2014 is the 50th anniversary of the signing of The 1964 Wilderness Act. Since then the U.S. has designated 109 million acres of public land as Wilderness. Early advocates like Leopold, Zahniser, Carhart and the Muries created a national movement to pause development forces and encourage consideration of preservation. Garry Oye providea a brief history of wilderness-preservation efforts in the U.S., introduces the audience to several of his favorite wilderness ares, discusses management challenges currently being faced in Wilderness protection, and leaves the audience with hope for the future. UNLV University Forum is a public lecture series sponsored and funded by the UNLV College of Liberal Arts. Co-sponsored by UNLV's Public Lands Institute.