I. Introduction-The Grand Canyon The river has cut through the earth, which allows us to see the passing of eons before our eyes. The Grand Canyon is an impressive one mile deep canyon with red, grey, white, brown, and black rock formations, cliffs, and slopes. The Grand Canyon runs along the Colorado River from Marble Canyon, near the Utah-Arizona border, to Grand Wash Cliffs in Mojave County, Arizona. It is considered to be one of the seven wonders in the natural world. The Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919.
The park has a total size of 28,125 square miles, is found in three distinct states, and is considered to be one of the largest intact temperate zone ecosystems in the world today (Yellowstone National Park Official Homepage). Following thousands of years of Native American occupation, the area now known as Yellowstone National Park was officially "discovered" by western-traveling fur traders and settlers, whose stories of bubbling mud and gushing geysers seemed at first to be delusional tall tales. Traffic increased to the area, however, and more and more Americans grew in awe of the area's hydrothermal features, wild animal and plant life, petrified trees, and impressive Yellowstone River and Lake. The area's intense and moving landscape soon moved president Ulysses S. Grant to sign the Yellowstone National Park Act on March 1, 1872, which protected the area from private development and placed it under the protection of the United States Army, who managed Yellowstone from 1886 to 1916. Yellowstone National Park sparked the creation of the National Park Service, and soon became the first national park in American his... ... middle of paper ... ...as the first American national park to be founded for good reason – this dynamic and stirring area deserves to be conserved and enjoyed for decades to come.
Lewis and Clark were the first whites to explore the Yellowstone region among them was one of the most celebrated hunter and woodsman of that period, John Colter. The expedition was in 1908, Colter came back to the Yellowstone and traps this region and in doing this he became the first white visitor to what is now Yellowstone National Park. His return, his "tales" were so unbelievable that no author or mapmaker would publish it for fear of this amongst their friends. In the latter part of 1840 the fur trade was coming to an end. The trappers who remained in the region adapted and among them was the trapper, Jim Bridger.
The park inspired the birth of the Sierra club. This has over four thousand years of Native American cultural heritage. Some believe that the earliest inhabitants were around seven thousand to ten thousand years ago. This park is one thousand nine hundred ninety square miles(Radlauer 1). Robert Johnson the editor of Century Magazine led two campaigns and successfully persuaded congress to make the High county as a national Park.
In 1906, president Roosevelt indicated a part of the Grand Canyon Forest Reserve as a game preserve to the Kaibab National Forest. Today, those 600,000 are parts of the Kaibab National Forest. It all began in 1908 when Roosevelt “made” Grand Canyon National Monument, that in 1919 changed its name to “Grand Canyon National Park”.
Boasting a temperate rainforest, towering glaciated mountain range and a Pacific Ocean coastline covered in massive rock formations, there is no where that protects such a wealth of different settings. In addition there are several stunning lakes and waterfalls that add even more diversity to the region. The park makes up a substantial portion of the Olympic peninsula in Washington state, where industry began logging sections of old-growth forest. Originally set aside at Olympus National Monument in 1909 by Theodore Roosevelt, his cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt would visit the park and decide to protect the forests he found being exploited. Less than a year later the park was re-designated a National Park.
Idaho’s largest cities are Boise, Nampa, Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Meridian, Coeur D'Alene, Twin Falls, Lewiston,Caldwell, Moscow. Idaho’s wildlife is abundant. Large animals in Idaho are elk, deer, moose,bears,coyotes, antelope, mountain sheep, and goats. Industries and produce are closely related to its natural resources. Idaho is in the Pacific Northwest.
"(Tindall 873) The reason to this is because the white man went westward to expand. A mere quarter-century later, virtually all this country had been carved into states and territories. Miners had ranged over the whole of the mountain country, tunneling into the earth, establishing little communities in Nevada, Montana and Colorado. Cattle ranchers, taking advantage of the enormous grasslands, had laid claim to the huge expanse stretching from Texas to the upper Missouri River. Sheepherders had found their way... ... middle of paper ... ...rueling work, was far from romantic, its mythological hold on the American imagination has remained strong, from the novels of the 1870s to the films of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood in the late 20th century.
National Parks: Underthreat Our nations incredible 401 National Parks are some of the most iconic places on the face of the earth. From the Grand Canyon to the Great Smoky Mountains our nation's national parks are something we should be proud to have. Lately our National Parks have been under threat from both Environmental and Political issues both putting our National Parks at risk. We need preserve the National Parks for generations to come. The National Parks show the most amazing parts of this great nation, they are the source of billions of dollars in revenue, and they are the home to countless forms of wildlife.
Wrap-Up Oregon has many natural areas, many of them are in Klamath County. Oregon’s most prized area, Crater Lake, is in this county as well. If the clear cutting of the wilderness surrounding Crater Lake happen, many of the wildlife there will be disturbed. If this occurs, visitors of the national park may not observe the wonderful wildlife that lives there. If people act now, and make this issue known, the forests and Crater Lake may be saved from the horrible devastation of greed of the lumber companies.