Environmental History Timeline

by Mely Wu

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Yellowstone in Wyoming

1872

Yosemite becomes a national park

1890

Adirondack Park

1892

Rivers and Harbors Act

1898

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation established

1902

National Audubon Society formed

1905

U.S. National Park Service established

1916

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

1918

The Dust Bowl

1930

Taylor Grazing Act enacted

1934

National Wildlife Federation

1936

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

1946

Defenders of Wildlife founded

1947

Construction of Echo Park Dam is aborted

1956

Agent Orange during Vietnam War

1961

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

1962

First Clean Air Act passed in U.S.

1963

Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

1963

Wilderness Act passed

1964

American Cetacean Society founded

1967

CITIES is signed

1973

Safe Drinking Water Act passed

1974

Yucca Mountain repository

1987

Ocean Dumping Ban Act established

1988

U.S. doesn't ratify the Kyoto Protocol

2001