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50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act with John Muir Cachet




Combo Muir and Trees with John Muir Cachet

 

This Coverscape Computer Generated Event Cover, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the enactment of "The Wilderness Act of 1964", and the 70th year of "Smokey Bear," includes as the primary cachet a photo of John Muir set in a background of Yosemite Valley. The Wilderness Act was enacteed September 3, 1964, and so this 50th anniverary stamp was cancelled on September 3, 2014. The cancellation is at Sagamore Beach, where the cachet maker Coverscape Cachets. The postage stamp used for cancellation was the "summer" edition of the U.S. Postage "A Flag for All Seasons" Forever stamp, released on August 8, 2013. The A Flag for All Seasons" set of four stamps shows the American Flag at each of the four seasons of the year, with each season indicated by the trees in the background. Only 12 were made.

The text reads:

"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an areas where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." (definition from the WildernessAct of 1964)
With the passage and signing into loaw of hte Wilderness Act on September 3, 1964, it provided for the creation of the "National Wilderness Preservation System." Initially, it set aside 9.1 million acres of national forest wilderness areas in the United States.Currently, 767 areas designated by teh NWPS as wilderness encompass some 109.5 million acres in 44 states and Puerto Rico."

Muir has subsequently been honored with a 32 cent postage stamp in 1998.



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