Earthwords: Wallace Stegner

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Wallace Stegner was the leading force behind the Wilderness Act.

“Something will have gone out of us as a people if we
ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … so
that never again can we have the chance to see ourselves
single, separate, vertical and individual in the world,
part of the environment of trees and rocks and soil, part
of the natural world and competent to belong in
it.” — Wallace Stegner (1909-1993)