“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.
A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
Thank you Ed. I admire this author, who has witnessed the evolution of a little known National Park (The Arches) to a major tourist attraction. It is a fine line we are walking in the National Parks. Preserving beauty while making it accessible to the public. This is not an easy task. Edward has also expressed the opinion of eliminating private traffic in National Parks, which I find a brilliant idea. And wilderness areas in my opinion should be totally hands of for hunting, motorized vehicles, and any commercial activities. Oh, I hear the grunting of the hunters, and Fish & Game, who love to tell us what a great job they do in controlling populations. Bullshit. That’s not a wilderness, or a wildlife refuge. There are wilderness areas in the world that allow no human access. Bravo! Is it so hard to understand that wildlife needs undisturbed (by humans) territories? Let nature control populations. She does a much better job than trophy hunters or paper pushers.
Sorry my dear readers. I just needed to vent a bit.
Writing this actually helped me to understand why I like Alaska and the desert. It is the lack of accessibility that keeps both places wild. Alaska and some areas in the Southwest are such vast places, that cannot be controlled or managed, thank God. Incidentally, many places in the desert and far North have no commercial value, so we keep them alone and they remain unspoiled, pristine. Until we declare them National Parks…