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The Importance Of Wilderness Protection

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Wilderness Protection is crucial to our environment, without it we would not have clean air to breathe or clean water to drink. In 1962 President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Congressional Wilderness Act to help keep wildlife and its environmental areas protected. This act is the greatest form of protection. The Wilderness Act is recognized as the value of saving “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” There are many reasons why this act is so important and many reasons why these lands are being protected. Only five percent of the United States is Protected (Boyes). The five percent of the United States is the only untouched nature that we have left. There is no pollution in the air, no drilling and mining for resources, or vehicle use. Unbothered areas and ecosystems in wilderness areas produce clean water for thousands of communities. According to the U.S. Forest Service, national forests and grasslands provide drinking water to nearly 60 million Americans (5 Reasons to Protect Wilderness). The wilderness produces fresh water to drink and cleans air to breath. Watersheds provide clean drinking water that has not been disturbed. The act protects the environment form any pollution so it produces clean air. It is also protected from industrial development, road building, off road vehicle use, gas and oil drilling, mining, and logging. A wilderness area like any other on earth does not
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