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Hetch Hetchy Panorama


The proposal to dam Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park as a water and power source for the City of San Francisco aroused the nation in the early twentieth century. It produced a schism between resource conservationists and wilderness preservationists represented respectively by Forest Service Chief Gifford Pinchot and Sierra Club founder John Muir.

As you view the panorama, identify the kinds of issues that divided the two camps. Use the linked quotations and additional photographs to help you in your interpretation.

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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Credits: Photographs by Carolyn Merchant; panorama assembly and web page by Rob Weinberg.