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Pol 1101 4/11/2007 Road Construction in National Forests "There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before ." Robert Lynd . Building is something our society is very good at . The word ‘construction’ has very positive undertones . We take pride in our creations, but rarely do we ever think of the harmful effects that construction can have . What about nature? How harmful is human interference in the wilderness? When is it time to say “enough is enough!” and leave nature alone? Should roads be allowed to be constructed in national forests? A national forest is a protected woodland or forest, controlled by the Federal Government and the United States Forest Service . Roads bring in tourists and allow people to interact with national forests, but the problem is that roads and people can be very harmful to national forests, and the forests would be much better off untouched . This issue has a long history, and the debate is still going on to this day . The idea of roads going through national forests and parks first began with the Organic Act i that established the National Park Service in 1916 . The National Park Service wanted federal funds to build roads into national parks and national forests . Three reasons were used to persuade the people and Congress . 1. To Stimulate Patriotism . 2. Further Knowledge and Health. 3. Tourism. Allowing cars to travel into national forests would give tourism and the economy a boost, and dollar signs are the biggest motivator in a Capitalist Country . So of course, the roads were built, and the States built access roads to connect . The engineering of the roads was extremely well- 1
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Pol 1101 4/11/2007 designed . The concept was to make the roads a part of nature; harmony with nature. Around this time, the number of cars in the United States was taking off-from 8,000 in 1900 to 23 million in 1930 . ii After roads were built, the popularity of national parks and forests skyrocketed . Even the roads themselves were a tourist attraction. In the 1930’s some people complained of the impacts of road building on national forests and the number of cars and people that the new roads encouraged . Despite these warnings, NPS administrations continued to push park growth and to stimulate tourism for one major reason — “congressional appropriations for parks were directly correlated with park
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course POL 1101 taught by Professor White during the Spring '07 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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