Sawtooth Wilderness

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The Sawtooth Wilderness comprises more than 200,000 acres of the Sawtooth National Forest, in central Idaho. It was designated as a wilderness area on this date in 1972. The Snake River drains the entire area, and there are hundreds of lakes in the wilderness, including Hell Roaring Lake (pictured).

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The last word in ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: `What good is it?' If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.
~Aldo Leopold ~