President Obama has proclaimed September 2010 as National Wilderness Month. In his proclamation, Obama wrote, "As we celebrate America's abundance of diverse lands, remarkable wildlife, and untamed beauty during National Wilderness Month, we also look back on our rich history of conservation. It was over 100 years ago that President Theodore Roosevelt marveled at the stark grandeur of the Grand Canyon and declared, 'the ages have been at work on it, and man can only marvel at it.'"
President Obama also wrote that for centuries, the American spirit of exploration and discovery has led us to experience the majesty of our Nation's wilderness. From raging rivers to serene prairies, from mountain peaks slicing the skyline to forests teeming with life, our Nation's landscapes have provided wonder, inspiration, and strength to all Americans. The President emphasized continuing to preserve and protect these scenic places and the life that inhabits them so they may be rediscovered and appreciated by generations to come.