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Near Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Protecting Wilderness

 
 
Protecting Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
1. Protecting Wilderness Marker
Inscription. Wilderness is a word of many meanings. From a place to be feared to a place to be revered, wilderness evokes images of wild animals, jagged mountains, vast prairies or deserts. For some, wilderness offers physical challenges, solitude or a respite from a complex, technological society.

On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act which legally defined wilderness as “..an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Just nine days later, on September 12, 1964, President Johnson signed the legislation establishing Canyonlands National Park.

A prime architect in both pieces of legislation was Stewart Udall, who served as Secretary of the Interior from 1961 to 1969. On a flight over this area in the early 1960s, then Bureau of Reclamation Chief Floyd Dominy showed Udall where he wanted to build the “next” big dam: just below the confluence of the Colorado and Green rivers. But where Dominy saw a reservoir, Udall saw a national park. Today, over eighty percent of Canyonlands is managed to preserve its wilderness values.
 
Erected by Canyonlands National Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location.
Protecting Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
2. Protecting Wilderness Marker
38° 18.817′ N, 109° 51.442′ W. Marker is near Moab, Utah, in Grand County. Marker can be reached from Grand View Point Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the Orange Cliffs Overlook, 12 miles south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, in Canyonlands National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tracks in the Canyon (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Neck (approx. 9.8 miles away); Wooden Shoe Arch (approx. 12 miles away); The Legend of Dead Horse Point (approx. 12.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Environment
 
Protecting Wilderness Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 19, 2016
3. Protecting Wilderness Marker
Stewart Udall <i>(photo on marker)</i> image. Click for full size.
circa c1965
4. Stewart Udall (photo on marker)
”Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife, are in fact plans to protect man.”
- Stewart Udall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 225 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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