Celebrate 50 Years of American Wilderness
The Wilderness Act of 1964
Wilderness is Closer Thank You Think
Many of us conjure images of far off wilderness but enjoying these special places doesn't have to mean a long road trip (unless you want to!). Fire Island National Seashore's wilderness is just a two-hour drive from New York City. The relatively unspoiled dunes, swale, and salt marsh of this wilderness stand in contrast to neighboring developed barrier islands and mainland Long Island. Though it is one of the smallest wilderness areas in the National Wilderness Preservation system, Fire Island's wilderness supports a vast array of marine and terrestrial plants and animals. Nature lovers, outdoors enthusiasts, and students from near and far come to this wilderness for a glimpse of the world as Nature intended in an otherwise suburban landscape.