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I. Title. II. Series. 78'216'0973-dc20 94-19336 ISBN 0-87436-731-X (alk. paper) 00 99 98 97 96 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 ABC-CLIO, Inc. O. Box 1911 Santa Barbara, California 93116-1911 This book is printed on acid-free paper. 5 Federal Land: Continental United States vs. 6. 7 Designated Wilderness: Continental United States vs. S. 4 Wetland Losses in the United States 1780s to 1980s, 78 Page xiii Preface WHEN EUROPEAN EXPLORERS FIRST came to North America in the sixteenth century they found a continent of vast resources virtually untouched.

Some dams have no ladders at all, and fish must be captured below the dam, loaded in a truck, and driven around to be released at the top. Since schools of salmon always return to the streams in which they hatched, the fish that breed in these streams are entirely dependent on these trucks for the very survival of their lineage. In March 1994, Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt suggested the destruction of two dams in Olympic National Park to help the salmon population. The plan created some controversy, however, and has yet to be approved.

In the northeastern United States, where acid rain is a serious problem, the average rain today is nearly ten times more acidic than normal. In cities this can cause accelerated rusting of metals Page 24 and decay of buildings and materials. In the wilderness it can cause contamination of the soil and water. Acidity in lakes often results in death of aquatic life, ranging from younger fish in a lightly acidic lake, to every living thing in a heavily acidified lake. This in turn affects waterfowl and other species that depend on the lake for food.

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