The Place No One Knew has a moral -- which is why the Sierra Club
publishes it -- and the moral is simple: Progress need not deny
to the people their inalienable right to be informed and to chose.
In Glen Canyon the people never knew what the choices were. Next
time, in other stretches of the Colorado, on other rivers that
are still free, and wherever there is wildness that can be a
part of our civilization instead of victim to it, the people
need to know before a bureau's elite decide to wipe out what
no man can replace. The Sierra Club has no better purpose than
to try to let people know in time. In Glen Canyon we failed.
There could hardly be a costlier peacetime mistake.
With support from people who care,
we hope in the years to come to help deter similar ravages of
March 13, 1963