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Protected Areas and Nature Conservancy
Protected areas and nature conservancy

The American idea of preserving wild landscapes took shape when Yosemite Valley and a nearby grove of giant sequoias were set aside as Yosemite State Park. During the next century, the idea of protecting and conserving natural environments spread over much of the world. Parks and other protected areas are now found in 95% of the world's countries. These iconic environments are often deeply imbedded in the national consciousness. They frequently evolve into special landscapes that help define a sense of place for entire societies. Many offer unusual and scenic examples of geologic and biologic processes and in the ways they interact to produce unique or exceptional natural landscapes. Protected areas provide safe harbor for plants ...

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