Environment: New Danger in the Wilderness

Robbers, armed groups and pot growers menace park lands

Thousands of nerve-shaken, overcivilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.

When the great naturalist John Muir wrote those idealistic lines in 1898, the nation's parks and forests were peaceful retreats where a visitor from the city might not encounter anything more ominous than the mournful moans of a lovesick moose. No...

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