Gorgeous Glimpses of America’s Last Wild Places
Fifty years ago, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, preserving our country’s most beautiful landscapes for future generations. Take a look at some of the areas, including their stunningly diverse flora and fauna which are flourishing thanks to the law’s protection.
The highs and lows of the Alaska Range, Alaska
Tim Aiken/NBP Courtesy of Nature’s Best Photography
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The Milky Way twinkles, Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington
Joe LeFevere/NBP Courtesy of Nature’s Best Photography
The waters of Proxy Falls rush on, Three Sisters Wilderness area, Oregon
Thomas Goebel//NBP Courtesy of Nature’s Best Photography
The petrified sand dunes of White Pocket tower, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness area, Arizona
Richard Ansley/NBP Courtesy of Nature’s Best Photography
The alluring Aurora Ridge Trail, Sol Duc Valley, Olympic National Park, Washington
Pablo McLoud/NBP Courtesy of Nature’s Best Photography
An adult male snowy owl greets the dawn, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness area, New York
Scott Joshua Dere/NBP Courtesy of Nature's Best Photography
These images are from the photo exhibit Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wild Places at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The exhibit runs through summer 2015.