Op-EdWilderness Act still important in U.S.

In the summer of 1964, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the Wilderness Act by a vote of 373 to 1.

Lyndon Johnson, who would decry and seek to counteract an “uglification of America” during his presidency, remarked upon signing it into law on September 3 that year: “Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither.”

It was a memorable anniversary, a day to celebrate and, in the spirit of Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great Work” of conservation, to uphold and continue that work in this century. More...

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