When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye.
But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.
To kick off our series on Wilderness, David Steves from our EarthFix team hiked into Washington’s Cascade Mountains. He brings us this report on what a half-century of wilderness protection has meant for a place called the Goat Rocks.