50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act 2014

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The 2013 debut of the JOHN DENVER Tribute at Ellie Caulkins Opera House was a huge success. John Fielder and the John Adams Band will return in 2014, this time at the elegant Buell Theatre. This year’s performance celebrates the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act and features new John Fielder wilderness photographs from Colorado and beyond.

On a 30-foot screen above the stage of Denver’s elegant 2,800-seat Buell Theatre, John Fielder will project and choreograph 40 years of his nature photography to the words and music of the great John Denver. Since John Denver’s untimely death on October 12, 1997, John Adams and his 9-member band have committed themselves to keep John Denver’s music alive, much to the appreciation of John Denver’s family, friends, and fans all over the world that enjoy the timeless music of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Legend, John Denver. John Adams has performed the music of John Denver for 40 years.

 

The 2014 performance will feature Fielder’s images of wilderness areas in the National Wilderness Preservation System from Colorado to Alaska. He has photographed all of Colorado’s 43 areas including the Maroon-Bells-Snowmass and Mount Zirkel wildernesses. You will see breathtaking photographs under the full moon, and at sunset and sunrise of the Bridger and Popie Agie wildernesses in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains. You will witness the Olympic coast of Washington state, the Sierra Nevada of California, Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, and the fiords of Alaska’s Inside Passage, all federally designated wilderness.

Coalition of Colorado conservation groups announces 2014 Colorado Wilderness 50 Celebration

John Fielder and the Colorado conservation community announce a 2014 Colorado statewide tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America's Wilderness Act. The tour features a 75-minute slide show with over 200 of John's favorite wilderness images from Colorado and beyond (New Mexico, California, Wyoming, Minnesota, Arizona, and more) made in the past 40 years, accompanied by beautiful music, entitled A Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness. Events include a book sale and signing of all of John’s Colorado books and calendars, including a new edition of his best-selling book Mountain Ranges of Colorado celebrating Wilderness 50, and a special Colorado Wilderness 50 Poster. Thirty percent of book sales are returned to sponsoring non-profit organizations.

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. In Colorado, 3.6 million acres have been protected as wilderness since 1964, including such diverse lands as the Maroon Bells, Gunnison Gorge, Flat Tops, Great Sand Dunes, and much of Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado’s wilderness achievement includes 43 separate wilderness areas, each with a story, a story of citizens working together to permanently protect some of the most iconic places in our state.