|The battle we have fought, and are still fighting for the forests is a part of the eternal conflict between right and wrong, and we cannot expect to see the end of it.|
|~John Muir ~|
Congress designated the Wilderness on July 23 1980, adding former Idaho Senator Frank Church's name in 1984. The enormous extent of this protected land provides suitable habitat for many animals that require large territories to sustain breeding populations. Among many other species, it is home to mountain lions, bighorn sheep, moose, lynx, and wolverines.