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Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir on Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, California
John Muir with Theodore Roosevelt on Glacier Point in Yosemite

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John Muir and the Sierras
July 19, 1869

From the start, Muir was an early defender of the environment. In 1876 he supported the adoption of a federal forest conservation program. From 1892 to 1914 he was the Sierra Club's first president. The Sierra Club is an environmental organization. His articles and books describing Yosemite's natural wonders inspired public support for establishment of Yosemite National Park in 1890 and expansion of the park in 1905. Next time you visit a park, take a good look around. How do you think someone who was seeing it for the first time would feel? How would you describe it?
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