1 Cuong Vo RTM 305 Portfolio project Table of Contents Response #1: Personal Meaning of Nature Pg. 1-4 Response #2: Moving Beyond Tree line Pg. 4-7 Response #3: Reflections on the PBS Documentary Pg. 7-10 Response #4: The Wilderness Within Pg. 10-13 Response #5: A Conservationist Manifesto Pg. 13-17 Extra Credit: The Last Season Pg. 17-20 Response #1 Personal Meaning of Nature: America’s National Park National parks are areas of great natural beauty giving opportunity for open-air recreation, having a place for peace of mind, established so that national beauty can be preserved and enhanced, and so that the enjoyment of the scenery by the public can be promoted. American’s National Parks do play a great part on our lives whether we realize it or not. It is impossible to get everyone to see this, and to get everyone to value and respect this great land we live on at the same level some individuals do, but having the opportunity to see these wonderful parks should never be turn down. Referring back to the PBS documentary there was many factors throughout time have changed and shaped American’s National Parks, and as the years go by, the land is going to continue to change. People come to national parks in order to experience the wildlife and the surrounding natural environment. National parks offer an escape from the 21st century
2 metropolitan lifestyle of stress and deadlines, which is becoming increasingly popular with many people. These wilderness destinations have also come into fashion due to the increased emphasis of celebrity upon the issues concerning global climate sustainability and global warming. America’s national parks are the nation’s most treasured places- where visitors can experience the best of America’s great out-doors, wildlife, history, and culture. I have been to Yosemite National Park, but I do plan on going to visit one during the winter break. I have not decided yet, but I have been thinking about the Grand Canyon. What landscape means to me is that it is beautiful scenery, fresh air, and just being able to enjoy the wilderness that we as Americans live in. When one goes out into nature, the best thing to do is keep an open mind about things, and just take in everything for what it is. If one is to analyze everything they encounter in the landscape to the tiniest little detail, it takes away from the true meaning of it. No one can ever take away the true beauty of the landscape. Buildings maybe being built, or stores being constructed, but for a person who values the landscape for simply more than what it is, all the splendidness of the land and environment will never fade away. We have so many places to view the wonders of our country, places that will put us back into perspective as to what we are and what our place is on this earth. These are wonders no man can make but all men can enjoy. It is my fervent hope that these parks will be ours to enjoy, unspoiled, for generations to come. Yes, it is that important to us to do so.
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- Spring '07
- National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, National Parks