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They provide habitat for the wildlife that call them home, and provide a setting for healthy headwaters, wetlands and aquatic ecosystems. They regulate the climate, filter the air and absorb, purify and slowly release water to benefit all living things.

Wilderness exists where large areas are characterized by the dominance of natural processes, the presence of the full complement of plant and animal communities characteristic of the region, and the absence of human constraints on nature.

A journey into the wilderness is the freest, cheapest, most nonprivileged of pleasures. Anyone with two legs and the price of a pair of army surplus combat boots may enter.
- Edward Abbey
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