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Protecting Natural Resources - 2

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Petition and Map from John Muir...
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Petition and Map from John Muir and Others, Members of the Sierra Club, Protesting Reduction of the Size of Yosemite National Park, January 2, 1893

In 1893, California Congressman Anthony Caminetti proposed a bill to open approximately half of Yosemite National Park for mining and farming. In protest, the Sierra Club—founded in 1892 by John Muir and other conservationists to protect wilderness areas—sent Congress this petition and map to draw public attention to the issue. The blue line on the map shows the reduced area described by the bill. In the end, Congress preserved Yosemite at its original size.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration