Documentation and exploration of western lands led to awareness and excitement of western land.
Important writing and reports by John Wesley Powell and George Perkins March motivated Congress to look towards trying to preserve and protect beautiful environments in Western America
In response to this congress founded Yellowstone national park on March 1st, 1872
Efforts from famous environmentalists have helped preserve and protect more national parks such as Sequoia national park in California saving the red wood forest.
But despite efforts to conserve and protect national parks, the once pristine environments have continued to decline.
The creation of National Parks be signed into law in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. The national parks encouraged western migration and today give a sense nationalism and pride for lands are distinctly American, and the protection of national parks would ensure the safe keeping of beautiful environments.