- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DAHLONEGA, Ga. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service and several other organizations are planning an event in downtown Dahlonega to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

The event on Sept. 6 is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Hancock park and will feature a keynote address from former U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth.

President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 signed the Wilderness Act into law, which established the National Wilderness Preservation System. Officials say Congress has added more than 100 million acres to the land preservation system since the bill was signed into law.

The law established areas that are controlled by nature and are left unchanged by human visitors.

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