We’re slowing down for the summer! Instead of our usual roundup of “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events, here’s a closer look at one historic event that connects to something in the news today. We’ve also matched it with a map or visual, background information, and additional resources.
Sunday, September 3
National parks, monuments, and forests in the U.S. are all protected under the 1964 Act, which also included an official definition of wilderness.
The review will determine if these monuments will be reduced in size, opening up previously protected areas to commercial industries like mining and logging.
- What do you think is the most compelling reason to protect national parks, monuments, and forests?
- What do you think is motivating the Trump administration to review these areas? (Answers here.)