Why should this be protected
There are many reasons why the Wind River Range should be added as a World Heritage Site. First off, the Range sits on the Continental Divide which means that the water provided by the Range either flows towards the Pacific Ocean or Atlantic Ocean. Without the Range, water will not be able to flow towards the Atlantic or Pacific. Not only that, but glaciers surround the Range, providing most of the groundwater. However, as a result of climate change, the glaciers have begun to melt. Glaciers and ice sheets are important providers of freshwater on Earth, with almost 70% of Earth’s freshwater coming from glaciers and ice caps. Without those glaciers, the amount of freshwater that will be circulating throughout the United States will decrease. Furthermore, the range is an integral part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which is apart of Yellowstone National Park. This ecosystem is teeming with wildlife like the pronghorn, grizzly bear, wolf, fox, moose, deer, and so many other animals that roam this ecosystem. If the range isn’t protected, these beautiful species of animals could be lost to us and with many on the brink of extinction, it may be sooner rather than later.
How we can protect it?
Limit the amount of tourists that come to the area.