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Umpqua Wilderness 50 Celebrates Anniversary of Wilderness Act -- Community Teams Up for Events Celebrating Wilderness

July 1, 2014



ROSEBURG, Ore., July 1 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture'sU.S. Forest Service unit - Umpqua National Forest - issued the following news release:

The Umpqua National Forest is teaming up with the Douglas County Museum, Umpqua Watersheds, and the Umpqua Valley Arts Association for Umpqua Wilderness 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

The Umpqua National Forest is home to 107,200 acres of Wilderness divided into the Boulder Creek, Mt. Thielsen and Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness areas. Explore more about what makes these areas so great.

Umpqua Wilderness 50 Events: Hike into Buckeye - The 1.5-mile hike hosted by the Tiller Ranger District takes place Tuesday, July 8. Participants will meet at the Tiller Ranger District office at 10 a.m. Contact: (541) 957-3246, eveale@fs.fed.us Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Hike & Donegan Prairie Campout - The 3.7-mile hike and campout hosted by Umpqua Watersheds takes place from July 7-8. Participants will meet at the Douglas County Library at 9 a.m. Contact: (541) 672-7065, susapple@centurytel.net Walk for Wilderness at Diamond Lake - This outdoor event hosted by the Diamond Lake Ranger District takes place on Saturday, August 16 at 10 a.m. Food, music and entertainment for the whole family. Registration is $12. Contact: (541) 498-2531, mamatyleon@fs.fed.us Hike into Mt. Thielsen Wilderness - This hike hosted by Umpqua Watersheds takes place Saturday, September 27. Participants will meet at the Douglas County Library at 8 a.m. Contact: (541) 672-7065, susapple@centurytel.net Legacy of a Promise - This invitational art exhibit, presenting work by both regional and local artists, examines the meaning of wilderness for humanity, and is hosted by the Douglas County Museum. It opens Wednesday, September 3, and runs through Wednesday, November 5. Included with museum admission. Contact: (541) 957-7007 www.umpquavalleymuseums.org Art of the Wild: Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act - The show is the result of a unique collaboration between 21 different artists from around the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. Forest Service. The 21 artists were selected competitively and assigned to one of six different Wilderness Areas on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the Mt. Hood National Forest, and the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area. It runs Friday, October 31-Friday, December-19 at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association. Contact: (541) 672-2532 http://uvarts.com

For more information about Umpqua Wilderness 50, visit www.facebook.com/UmpquaWilderness50.

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