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  •  The first wilderness I ever backpacked in (4+ / 0-)
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    willyr, Roadbed Guy, old wobbly, ban nock

    had abandoned mines with pieces of cast iron equipment strewn about. This was in Colorado. In subsequent trips and field work in the Rockies, I came to realize that virtually every square foot of land that isn't vertical has seen human activity. Native Americans, trappers, prospectors, settlers, recreational users, and others have all been there before us.

    In the eastern states, I'd venture to say that all of the parks and wilderness areas have been manipulated by humans at one point or another.

    This is not to say that lands don't need some form of protection. For the most part, the best candidates for protection are the areas with the fewest impacts from human activity.

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