This area, stretching from just north of Mt. Rainier to the Canadian border, is anchored by a network of ten wilderness areas encompassing more than 2.5 million acres of the most pristine wild lands in the state.
The legislation, introduced by Reps Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) and Tim Walz (D-MN), would expand the role of volunteer and partner organizations in maintaining national forest trails. At a time when budgets are tight and demand for public land access is high, the U.S.
In 1902, when this photo was taken, the most majestic canyon on earth had not yet been protected as a national park (though President Benjamin Harrison had named it a forest reserve in 1893). It was, relative to later fame, somewhat obscure.