RANGE Special Report:
This Land is OUR Land
Untamed nature and the removal of humans. By Tim Findley

Humboldt County, Nevada rangeland Photo © Linda Dufurrena

"We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects.... We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land."—David Foreman, Earth First!

Wilderness is a fundamental element of American tradition. At least from the time of colonial settlement, the presence of untamed nature has served as a catalyst not only for American opportunity, but as a source of American dreams. The westward push across the continent offered escape as well as it did challenge. It promised peace as well as adventure. Wilderness became ingrained in the American psyche as among no other population of the world.

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