EDUCATION

Public Lands in the United States

“Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it.” Theodore Roosevelt said this about the Grand Canyon in 1903, but he might as well have been talking about all of nature. That sentiment helped shape the protection of wild areas in the United States, and today some 840 million acres—more than one third of the country—is public land.

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Climbing outside is not a hard sell. Just picture the wind on your face, swallows’ song in your ears, and the feeling of rough, cool rock beneath your fingertips. And sport climbing makes it easy to get started. 

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