Why America Needs Wilderness – VIDEO


Check out this gorgeous video produced by the U.S. National Park Service on the landscapes and ideas the 1964 Wilderness Act protects.

It seeks to help people understand why the wilderness is so important.

As Edward Abbey is quoted in the video: “The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it just needs more defenders.”

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.2 years ago


Jain Barrington-Wright

I believe that there will come a time when there WILL BE A CALL TO ARMS, to protect these beautiful places. If I for one am still alive and can still stand and hold plus fire a weapon - Then I shall be there and if Necessary, I will WILLINGLY FIRE THE FIRST SHOT. Big companies or not, this is OUR planet, no company or government can dispute that.If they do, then I guess they will just have to be taught the hard way, it ain't for sale, nor can you just take it.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

The world...

Vivianne Mosca-Clark

The wilderness is our home...tho we do not live close to the earth...we still need it to help us grow in a good way.

Do not let the greedy corporations eat it all up.

Cristian Prisacariu

Nice video.

Mary B.
Mary B.4 years ago

We do not need to justify to anybody how wilderness 'pays' for itself. If they don't already know, they are too stupid to bother with and need to be shot off into space as soon as possible.From now on, the bottom line is "You respect this planet and it's creatures and it's eco-systems, or you have no right to be here as anything more than a guided tourist.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

The U S military has solar power dune buggies--very quiet--do NOT need supply lines to bring in fuel for them. Our national parks need solar power dune buggy tour buses each to hold just slightly more than a dozen tourists and a tour guide/docent/driver to take the tourists on guided tours of park attractions. Thus NO NEED for private all terrain vehicles.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

We need to consider our national parks as museums. Every museum needs far more space not open to the public for storage and staging and behind the scenes support functions. The wilderness is the backstage support area for our national parks. Our best bet for preserving our national parks is to promote their value as tourist attractions--maybe even franchise food service and overnight lodging right outside each park entrance. We should also franchise guided tour operations with federally trained park ranger/docents to be hired by the franchisees to lead guided tours. We need to PROVE to BIG BUSINESS that our national parks and the wilderness they need as back stage staging area very much do pay for themselves as tourist attractions.

Bill K.
Bill K.4 years ago

and by wilderness of course is meant no roads, lumbering, mining, drilling, etc..

another favorite quote of mine from Edward Abbey is "If there's not something bigger and meaner than you are out there, it's not really wilderness."

Jessica O.
Jessica O.4 years ago

The fact that this is even a questions is awful. Of course we need it!!