Protecting nature's gift to us

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As noted in The Californian's April 19 editorial "Don't tear down efforts to protect US wilderness," Rep. Kevin McCarthy, one of the rising stars in Washington and "Young Gun," is now aiming his legislative weapon against more wilderness. However, he needs to be reminded of the following: When the Pilgrims and others landed here in the 17th century, 100 percent of the land was wilderness. Today, that figure has dwindled to 2 percent. Of importance is the concept that neither government nor people "create wilderness"; it is formed by nature.