Monday, October 1, 2012

This Week in History - October 1st, 2012

On this day in 1890, Congress created Yosemite National Park. John Muir (1838 - 1914) worked with his colleagues for this congressional actions, which was ultimately signed into law by President Benjamin Harrison.

After the gold rush of 1849, many Americans came to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in search of wealth. In 1764, President Lincoln declared Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove a public trust of California. This was the first time the U.S. government declared public land protected from commerical exploitation, and it paved the way for Yellowstone to become the first national park in 1872.

Follow the link below to read more about this monumental decision.

Yosemite National Park

Are there any other monumental decisions that have been made by governments around the world that have worked to protect the environment? If you can think of any, or can find any, post links in the comment section below!

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