From many places in their traditional homeland, the Nimiipuu could see grand vistas of land that had been created for them. Today, the management of natural resources on private lands and also within the park directly affects, and has the potential to impact, other significant resources such as cultural landscapes and scenic vistas. Many have come to hold the landscapes and views of park lands as one of the its most valuable assets. These include scenes of early exploration, fur trade, missionary zeal, mining and agriculture, westward expansion of the nation, Nez Perce/United States conflict, and a continuation of the culture of the Nez Perce country.
Did You Know?
For centuries the Nez Perce used Tolo Lake or Tepalewam as a gathering place. In June, 1877 the Wallowa Nez Perce paused here before their final move to the Reservation. Brooding over past injustices, warriors raided homes on the Salmon River, precipitating events that would trigger the 1877 War.