We were shocked recently to find out that Texas' best-loved wild place, Big Bend National Park, isn't in the top tier of the nation's best-protected public land. Big Bend hasn't been designated a wilderness, so it doesn't fall under the National Wilderness Protection System. That needs to change.
… These days, of course, there aren't many wild places left, and the ones that remain have to be protected. Much of Big Bend, thankfully, is already managed as if it were an official federal wilderness.