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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A day long festival on November 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sabino Canyon Recreation area (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson) This is a free, family-friendly event with guided nature walks, wilderness skills demonstrations, as well as hands on activities for youth, acoustic music, food and so much more. 

There will also be a special ceremony to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. 

"In the 50 years since the Wilderness Act was passed, Arizonans have worked with Congress and federal agencies to have 90 separate areas designated as wilderness," Meg Weesner, coordinator of the 50th Anniversary event planning team, said in a recent release.  "This festival is a perfect opportunity to celebrate and learn about the wilderness values that these areas protect."

Arizona also has the distinction of being one of only five states with wilderness areas managed by all four federal land management agencies. Likewise, Pima County has wilderness areas managed by all four:  the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), National Park Service (NPS), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  

These include national treasures such as the BLM's Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness and the NPS' Chiricahua National Monument Wilderness. The Coronado National Forest's Pusch Ridge Wilderness and NPS' Saguaro Wilderness are basically Tucson's backyard, providing a nearby retreat for the community.  The USFWS' Cabeza Prieta Wilderness is Arizona's largest wilderness while the BLM's Baboquivari Peak Wilderness is the smallest.

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