Wallace Stegner from his Wilderness Letter written to the Outdoor Recreation Resources Review Commission - “Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases; if we drive the few remaining members of wild species into zoos or extinction; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence, so that never again will Americans be free in their own country from the noise, the exhausts, the stinks of the human automotive waste."
"We are a wild species, as Darwin pointed out. Nobody ever tamed or domesticated or scientifically bred us. But for at least three millennia we have been engaged in a cumulative and ambitious race to modify and gain control of our environment, and in the process we have come close to domesticating ourselves. "
"And if I had not been able to periodically to renew myself in the mountains and deserts of western America I would be very nearly bughouse. "
Whether you believe bike belong in wilderness of not read the whole letter.
Arthur Carhart USFS Landscape Architect 1920 - “Recreation in the open is of the finest grade. The moral benefits are all positive. The individual with any soul cannot live long in the presence of towering mountains or sweeping plains without getting a little of the high moral standard of Nature infused into his being… with eyes opened, the great story of the Earth’s forming, the history of the tree, the life of a flower or the activities of some small animal will all unfold themselves to the recreations."