One of America’s greatest conservation achievements is the Wilderness Act of 1964. Fifty-two years later, this act has a legacy to withhold. A legacy that meant something in 1964 and remains the same today: to protect unspoiled land. Even though, through this act millions of acres have been conserved, the key word is continue. That is why America should pass laws to preserve the wilderness before developers spoil them.
Karl Jacoby. Crimes against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation. Berkley: University of California, 2001.
Living in both Northern and Southern Idaho all my life, it is sad to think how unaware I was of Idaho's remarkable land and history. "Idaho" by A.B. Guthrie opened my eyes and excellently portrayed Idaho as a beautiful and special place. In the beginning, Guthrie introduced the diverse landscapes
Conservation and Preservation at the Turn of the 19th Century Missing Works Cited The environmentalist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries presents a picture of America at the time: torn between the desires to expand while seeking to protect nature. Although all members of the movement sought to protect nature, there were two predominant schools as to how to go about this. In their two philosophies, they created two methods for human interaction with the wilderness. The conservationist movement can be called the utilitarian movement, and sought the greatest good for the greatest number over the longest term. In contrast, the preservationist school aimed at keeping nature in its current state, although the
• In the film My Own Private Idaho by Gus Van Sant’s the movie has the power to transform one’s political sensibilities by looking over the model that is being shown in the film in the personal identity and the using factor of
The term “wilderness” provokes the assumption of a nonhuman place; a remote area closed off from the sophistication of society that lacks human life. Depending on its location, wilderness can either be visualized as a dark, cold, and isolated place, or a sanctuary home to diverse wildlife. However, it is generally understood to be a landfill populated by dead trees and muddy waters to which no human wants to explore. It is a place of complete naturalness; untouched and unscathed by civilization. But three authors target these assumptions by proposing possible solutions to the protection or stewardship of wilderness. William Cronon author of “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting back to the Wrong Nature” explains that wilderness is not a pristine sanctuary where the last remnant of an untouched and endangered nature lies, rather, it is contaminated by civilization and
American Counterculture Reflection The modern Environment Movement began with the passing of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The act established a National Wilderness System and created 9 millions acres. The main influence and writer of the act Howard Zahniser, who felt that we needed wilderness as it takes us away from
When Americans think of nature images of the wild west, wide open plains, and majestic landscapes spring forth. Nature is part of the American heritage; a site of beauty set aside for preservation outside the industrial cities that encompasses daily life. Because of this segregation between nature and man, it is easy to forget that everything on the planet is nature, not simply the parks set aside for preservation and egos. Throughout American history, dating as far back as the indigenous people, this connection between man and the natural world has been prevalent. By examining the the conservationist movement of the twentieth century and the impact Americans have had on the environment, there is a chance to close the chasm that now exists
Mr. Chief Justice BEN-NAIM delivered the opinion of the Court. The Coeur d’Alene Tribe and various of its members (collectively, the Tribe) brings this suit against the State of Idaho, various state agencies, and numerous state officials in their individual capacities, alleging ownership in the submerged lands and bed of Lake Coeur d’Alene and various navigable rivers and streams within the Coeur d’Alene Reservation. It sought a declaratory judgment that it is entitled to the right to quiet enjoyment and the exclusive use and occupancy of the submerged lands, a declaration that all Idaho laws, customs, or usages purporting to regulate the submerged lands are invalid, and a preliminary and permanent injunction barring the defendants from acting
Idaho statute 33-1625 has had discussion around it for the past couple years it has been put into law. Man parents, and guardians of youth athletes believe that the law isn't strict or strict enough to protect their children. The parents of the youth athletes think that there needs to be more law and rules established into the law’s rules. Parents believe even though politicians say they are trying to regulate the problem with more and more rules and laws the parents don’t believed the steps they took to improve helped that much. The parents still think its need to be changed or added on too. They think that the law will not help improve the concussion problem at all.
He mentions that the Montana Yaak Valley has not been included in the “already in effect” Wilderness Act of 1964 and so far “not a single acre” (5) has been designated. The Yaak is public land and falls under the government’s passed Act, but it is thought by a good majority of the opposition as “private land.” He also explains that because his “home valley of the Yaak grows big timber and for this reason primarily was excluded from earlier Montana wilderness protection bills in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s” (3). He states why the timber industry is against bills for the protection of wild lands, and that is because it needs the woods to produce labor opportunities. Bass also mentions a strategy formed, which pertained to assigning specific areas within the protected land to be used for recreational purposes, in order to please the opposition. Lastly, he insists that the Yaak, as one of the United States’ lungs, is worth protecting because “it nurtures the greatest biodiversity in the state” (2). The reality is that the Yaak Valley is a relative large area with minimum human involvement, which is perfect to maintain the existence of many fauna and
The 9th Circuit Federal Court recently affirmed a district court case that upholds an ATF interpretation on medical marijuana card holders and the purchase of firearms. The court’s decision makes it illegal for an individual to possess, transfer, or purchase firearms if they hold a medical marijuana card.
The short story, “The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West,” by John Muir paints a picture of the necessity of human interaction with the wilderness. In his story Muir pleads with his audience to gain more appreciation of nature and to understand their impact on it by using religion, pathos, and imagery.
With environmental issues such as global warming, pollution, and natural resource depletion, it is indisputable that preserving the wilderness is essential for a sustainable future. While the effects are becoming more prominent today, the concern for maintaining a balance with nature has been around in the United States for over a century. In defense of preservation, one individual shares his perspective in his book, Desert Solitaire, of the crucial need for undisturbed wilderness and how the exploitation of it must be contained. Edward Abbey’s method to convey his message can be crude, unfiltered, and raw. Regardless, he argues “there is a way of being wrong which is also sometimes necessarily right” to justify his approach (xii). Although Abbey’s point of view is sometimes “violently prejudiced [and] unconstructive,” his message is passionate and thoughtfully presented in a manner that invites
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, I am writing to you in regard to the Bridger -Teton National Forest. I write to you as someone who believes in preservation. I believe that the forest should be preserved and not conserved. The Bridger -Teton National Forest is a landmark and should be kept that way. “It is a place where locals find solitude in huge tracts of forest backcountry when nearby wilderness areas and national parks are crowded with out-of-state visitors. It’s also a place that supports traditional, sustainable activities such as outfitting, guiding, ranching, and recreation” (“Wyoming Outdoor Council” 2009-2013). All of these values are being threatened because the forest is being considered for oil and gas development. While oil and gas may be useful to us, I do not think that the forest should suffer the consequences. The natural resources should be left alone for everyone to enjoy in its natural state. To upset this would be environmentally incorrect.