A Legacy of Lasting Protection: 1950-2000

The ecologic and economic futures of entire ecosystems became a growing concern during these decades.

"The concept of a wilderness system marked an innovation in the history of the American preservation movement."

—Roderick Nash Wilderness and the American Mind, 1967

Follow the links below to discover more about wilderness perspectives in the twentieth century.

Explore the world of wilderness through the Wilderness Society website.

"The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument's vast and austere landscape embraces a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. This high, rugged, and remote region where bold plateaus and multi-hued cliffs run for distances that defy human perspective, was the last place in the continental United States to be mapped. Even today, this unspoiled natural area remains a frontier, a quality that greatly enhances the monument's value for scientific study."

—Presidential Proclamation September 18, 1996

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