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William O. Douglas Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

Named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, who was noted for his concern for civil rights and environmental protection issues during his career, this 169,081-acre Wilderness is part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Douglas made his home at Goose Prairie, adjacent to the Wilderness near Bumping River, and immortalized the area in his popular book, “Of Men and Mountains.”  

The William O. Douglas Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the mission to build a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 

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