Posted by: columbiahighlands | May 23, 2011

National Parks Service celebrates America’s Wilderness

This spring the National Parks Service debuted a video dedicated to the 44 million acres of designated Wilderness the agency administers nationwide.

The video celebrates America’s natural heritage, the wide-open spaces that truly allow our nation to be called “America, the beautiful”.

Using language from the 1964 Wilderness Act, the video emphasizes that, in a growing and increasingly mechanized nation, Wilderness designation is one of the surest ways to preserve some of America’s natural beauty while at the same time sustaining important values such as self reliance.

Here on our own public lands in the Colville National Forest, we have the opportunity to bestow the highest distinction for land, Wilderness, for the benefit and enjoyment of all.

And with the population in eastern Washington projected to grow 50-67% over year 2000 levels by 2030, now more than ever it is vital that we preserve our last untamed places for future generations–plants, animals and humans alike.

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