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The patterns which art makes available to us help us over the mountain once again. Who would live without them? - Christa Wolf
MOUNTAIN JOURNAL: You've often said the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem isn't just another pretty place and that residents and newcomers often seem to take it for granted. What sets our region apart in the U.S. and globally?
FRANZ CAMENZIND: it was here where the national parks and forest service systems started. As stated countless of times before, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is the largest, relatively intact landscape of its type in the Western Hemisphere, perhaps in the world. But what truly sets it apart is that it remains as one of the few landscapes in the contiguous United States that still retains all plant and wildlife species that existed when Europeans first set foot on the North American continent. The challenge is to steward that tremendous gift forward to the next generation in as good or even better condition than what we have today.