Protection of the Countryside

Archive Report

Disappearance of Unspoiled Landscape

Growing Awareness of Scenery’s Despoliation

Millions of americans are discovering as they travel through the land this summer that its beauty is disappearing under the impact of man's handiwork. This awakening has been long in coming except to a crusading few, and it may not yet have fully penetrated the thinking of even a majority of the people. Yet it has come with sufficient force to throw some cherished values into question, namely those that have traditionally equated bigness with progress, construction with advancement, and private initiative with inalienable rights. And it has turned many citizens into militant conservationists who are willing to organize, lobby and litigate to preserve the countryside from what they consider the blight of industrialists and entrepreneurs.

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