BAR HARBOR — In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into being, and for the first time in human history, a society created a law to keep the wildest lands wild forever. The act also gave ordinary Americans a tool for creating wilderness by protecting the mountains, forests, deserts, prairies and rivers they loved most. In the nearly 50 years since the passage of the Wilderness Act, over 110 million acres of America’s most lovely lands officially have been designated “wilderness.”
This achievement will be celebrated on Sunday, June 22, with a screening of “Forever Wild: Celebrating America’s Wilderness.” This one-hour documentary film hosted by Robert Redford features readings from acclaimed author Terry Tempest Williams. The movie is being shown as part of the Downeast Chapter of the Maine Sierra Club’s annual environmental film series. Doors open at Reel Pizza Cinerama at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Former Acadia National Park Superintendent Paul Haertel will be the guest speaker. Prior to the movie, Sierra Club hats and backpacks will be raffled off.
The documentary celebrates America’s commitment to wilderness preservation through the stories of citizen volunteers who have worked tirelessly for many years to preserve public wild lands for all to enjoy forever. The film features some of the most stunning wilderness in America and was filmed in high definition.