In 1960, author Wallace Stegner delivered my favorite quote about wild spaces and the outdoors in a letter to the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission. I used it in my book of Anza-Borrego Desert photography and I believe it is just as relevant today as it was at any time in our past.
It is a lovely and terrible wilderness, such a wilderness as Christ and the prophets went out into; harshly and beautifully colored, broken and worn until its bones are exposed, its great sky without a smudge or taint from Technocracy, and in hidden corners and pockets under its cliffs the sudden poetry of springs. Save a piece of country like that intact, and it does not matter in the slightest that only a few people every year will go into it. That is precisely its value.
The full letter can be found here: Stegner Letter Contribute if you can.
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