August 31, 2014

August 31, 2014

Sacred Land

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Patos Island, one of Washington's San Juan Islands, is part of a thousand-acre national monument created last year by President Barack Obama. Wilderness, a higher form of land protection, covers 350 acres of the San Juans.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “50 Years of Wilderness.”

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