Environment: A Vital Step on Land Use

Environmentalists know that the problems posed by air and water pollution can be solved with hard work. But once land is paved over or opened to erosion, the damage may be irreversible. Unfortunately the U.S. has never had a comprehensive policy to identify its best land, much less to plan for its wise use. Only a few states have used their constitutional powers to control development in any way.

President Nixon aims to change the situation. In his special message on the environment next week, he will propose that Congress enact the U.S.'s first...

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