Magazine article Sunset

Great Parks, No Crowds

Magazine article Sunset

Great Parks, No Crowds

Article excerpt

As pressures on the remnants

of the West's wilderness

increase, we propose six parks

for the 21st century

* Owyhee, Algodones, Grand Gulch: They are not exactly household names, but they should be as familiar as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon. After all, these lands are among the West's most spellbinding places. Which is why, with so many of our national parks seemingly overrun, we've decided to take a closer look at the West's tremendous inventory of public lands-what writer Wallace Stegner called our "geography of hope." These are the parks for the next generation. For better or worse, the fate of public treasures like Oregon and Idaho's Owyhee Canyonlands and California's King Range rests with the Bureau of Land Management. Created in 1946 out of agencies that promoted mining and grazing, the BLM is the largest landlord in the West. It manages almost as much of our property as the National Forest and National Park services combined-264 million acres, to be precise, or about 120 Yellowstones. …

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