America’s National Parks Were Never Wild and Untouched

var TRINITY_TTS_WP_CONFIG = {“cleanText”:”America\u2019s National Parks Were Never Wild and Untouched. In 1872, Congress created the first national park, Yellowstone, so that its scenic features would be \u201cdedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.\u201d Other parks followed, including Sequoia and Yosemite in 1890, Mount Rainier in 1899, and Crater Lake in 1902. In 1916, Congress passed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service and directing it \u201cto conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.\u201d \r\n\r\nEver since, the Park Service has guarded some of the planet\u2019s most spectacular scenery, leaving it, at least seemingly, unimpaired. To be sure, park officials invited guests in as they promoted \u201cthe enjoyment of future generations,\u201d but human enterprise was … Continue reading America’s National Parks Were Never Wild and Untouched