Environmental preservation is the strict setting aside of natural resources for their aesthetic value rather than letting them be modified for economic gain. [cite book
last = Cunningham
first = William P.
coauthors = et al.
title = Environmental encyclopedia
publisher = Gale Research
date = 1998
isbn = 081039314X ]
John Muir, an early American conservationist, is regarded as a preservationist. Apart from its use as a pejorative term for environmentalists "preservation" or "preservationist" in the context of conservation or environmentalism is now rarely used.
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