Both in the Adirondacks and nationally we see unavoidable evidence of environmental degradation. In the Adirondacks, for example, lake and river shores, inadequately protected by the Private Land Plan, are irresponsibly developed while acid precipitation threatens forests and fauna throughout the Park. On the federal level, an administration beholden to corporate interests seems determined to roll back thirty years of environmental reform. In this context, how can an environmentalist resist despair? We must remember that government regulation has achieved much and continues to be an important environmental instrument. At the same time, the capacity of nature to inspire us with awe and appreciation for its beauty demands that we keep up the struggle.



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