- Historic Sites
How The Wilderness Was Won
Skirmishing about environmentalism may well continue forever, but the major war is over. It lasted far longer than most people realize.
February/March 2000 | Volume 51, Issue 1
I was in charge of the Department of the Interior when
Only later, with hindsight, were many of us who had been caught up in the excitement of those times able to see them not as the dawn of a new way of looking at the world but rather as the final fruition of a conservation movement that had begun with the century. Indeed, the wise and always eloquent Aldo Leopold had provided a unifying theme decades earlier, when he wrote: “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”