Desert Bighorn Sheep, Valley of Fire State Park @ Nevada 12.2012

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Wilderness is a natural environment on Earth that has not been significantly modified by human activity. But what does significantly modified mean?




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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread
- Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

The idea of wilderness needs no defence. It only needs more defenders.
- Edward Abbey

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity.
- John Muir

I believe this need of wilderness is inherent in most of us, even those seemingly farthest removed.
- Sigurd Olson

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Wilderness Act

On September 3, 1964, the U.S. Congress passed into Public Law the Wilderness Act “To establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent good of the whole people, and for other purposes”. This law was established “In order to assure that an increasing population, accompanied by expanding settlement and growing mechanization, does not occupy and modify all areas within the United States and its possessions…” [Public Law 88-577].


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