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Stegner on Wilderness…

From today’s Northwoods Contemplative:

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of the wild species into zoos or to extinction; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of human and automotive waste.”

– Wallace Stegner, The Wilderness Letter, written to the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission, 1962 and subsequently in The Sound of Mountain Water (1969)

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One response to “Stegner on Wilderness…

  1. suburbanlife August 16, 2007 at 8:11 am

    Ouch – Stegner tried to raise awareness of the preciousness of the natural world, so long ago, and yet here we still are pretending this knowledge, these cautions, are just lately brought to common awareness. This is so saddening. G

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