April 8, 2014

Adirondack Wild video to celebrate wilderness anniversaries

KEENE — Adirondack Wild: Friends of the Forest Preserve will help celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act of 1964 with a short video.

A campaign on Adirondack Gives, the crowdfunding site for Adirondack regional nonprofits sponsored by the Adirondack Foundation, is raising money for the project.

As of Monday, $600 had been donated toward the $1,000 goal.

The Wilderness Act’s chief author, Howard Zahniser, took his inspiration from New York’s “Forever Wild” constitutional protection of the Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserve, according to a press release from Adirondack Wild. 

That constitutional protection marks its 120th anniversary this year (1894-2014), and Zahniser often wrote that New York set the example for the national wilderness movement and is “where wilderness preservation began.”

“This video will combine Adirondack imagery, voices and music to celebrate both of these anniversaries and our wilderness heritage,” the release said.

It will be presented at many activities and venues marking those milestones in 2014 and in the years to come. 

“This video will be accessible to all and convey the importance for the need to pass on the legacy of wilderness protection in America, and particularly here in New York  — not only for today’s generations but, as our organization’s founder Paul Schaefer would frequently say, for the ‘youth of distant tomorrows,’” Adirondack Wild’s David Gibson said in the release.

“We are engaging some well-known Adirondack professionals to help create this product, and we invite those who share a passion for the wild to lend their support to help make this video a reality,” Adirondack Wild’s Ken Rimany said. 

“This really is a great family opportunity to get involved in a collaborative, grassroots effort.”

“Wilderness remains a rare and threatened resource around the world and in our world, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and beyond,” added Adirondack Wild’s partner Dan Plumley in the release. 

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