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A group of snowmobile riders stop to photograph the Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Snowmobile use in the park exemplifies the conflict between preservationists who view parks as preserved, historic landscapes and those who want to retain access for a wide variety of uses.

Photo credit: National Park Service/William S. Keller

Preservation is an argument for setting aside or taking certain spaces out of human use on the basis of their intrinsic value. Preservation is commonly used to refer to the protection of nature or wilderness areas, although a similar set of concepts and practices has also been applied to historic buildings, monuments, or human landscapes. In much of the literature on nature or wilderness preservation, it has been contrasted with or distinguished from conservation, ...

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