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WILDERNESS or WILDLAND is a natural environment on Earth
Earth
that has not been significantly modified by human activity. It may also be defined as: "The most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet—those last truly wild places that humans do not control and have not developed with roads, pipelines or other industrial infrastructure." The term is usually limited to terrestrial environments, though the seas and outer space also are little developed by people.

Some governments establish them by law or administrative acts, usually in land tracts that have not been modified by human action in great measure. The main feature of them is that human motorized activity is significantly restricted. These actions seek not only to preserve what already exists, but also to promote and advance a natural expression and development. Wilderness areas
Wilderness areas
can be found in preserves, conservation preserves, National Forests, National Parks and even in urban areas along rivers, gulches or otherwise undeveloped areas. These areas are considered important for the survival of certain species , biodiversity , ecological studies, conservation , solitude, and recreation . Wilderness
Wilderness
is deeply valued for cultural, spiritual, moral , and aesthetic reasons. Some nature writers believe wilderness areas are vital for the human spirit and creativity. They may also preserve historic genetic traits and provide habitat for wild flora and fauna that may be difficult to recreate in zoos , arboretums or laboratories .

The word wilderness derives from the notion of "wildness"—in other words, that which is not controlled by humans. The mere presence or activity of people does not disqualify an area from being "wilderness." Many ecosystems that are, or have been, inhabited or influenced by activities of people may still be considered "wild." This way of looking at wilderness includes areas within which natural processes operate without human interference.

The WILD Foundation states that wilderness areas have two dimensions: they must be biologically intact and legally protected. The World Conservation Union (IUCN) classifies wilderness at two levels, Ia (Strict Nature
Nature
Reserves ) and Ib ( Wilderness Areas
Wilderness Areas
). Most scientists and conservationists agree that no place on earth is completely untouched by humanity, either due to past occupation by indigenous people , or through global processes such as climate change . Activities on the margins of specific wilderness areas, such as fire suppression and the interruption of animal migration also affect the interior of wildernesses.

Especially in wealthier, industrialized nations, it has a specific legal meaning as well: as land where development is prohibited by law . Many nations have designated wilderness, including the United States , Australia
Australia
, Canada
Canada
, New Zealand
New Zealand
, and South Africa
South Africa
. Many new parks are currently being planned and legally passed by various Parliaments and Legislatures
Legislatures
at the urging of dedicated individuals around the globe who believe that "in the end, dedicated, inspired people empowered by effective legislation will ensure that the spirit and services of wilderness will thrive and permeate our society, preserving a world that we are proud to hand over to those who come after us." Perkuć Reserve in Puszcza Augustowska , Poland
Poland

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Ancient times and Middle Ages
Middle Ages
* 1.2 19th century to present

* 2 National parks * 3 Conservation and preservation in 20th century United States
United States

* 4 Formal Wilderness
Wilderness
Designation

* 4.1 International * 4.2 France * 4.3 Greece * 4.4 New Zealand
New Zealand
* 4.5 United States
United States
* 4.6 Western Australia
Australia

* 5 International Movement * 6 Extent * 7 Critique * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 Further reading

* 11 External links

* 11.1 Definitions

HISTORY

Innoko Wilderness
Innoko Wilderness
, Alaska
Alaska
United States
United States
in the summer .

ANCIENT TIMES AND MIDDLE AGES

Looked at through the lens of the visual arts , nature and wildness have been important subjects in various epochs of world history. An early tradition of landscape art occurred in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The tradition of representing nature as it is became one of the aims of Chinese painting
Chinese painting
and was a significant influence in Asian art. Artists in the tradition of Shan shui (lit. mountain-water-picture), learned to depict mountains and rivers "from the perspective of nature as a whole and on the basis of their understanding of the laws of nature… as if seen through the eyes of a bird." In the 13th century, Shih Erh Chi recommended avoiding painting "scenes lacking any places made inaccessible by nature."

For most of human history , the greater part of the Earth's terrain was wilderness, and human attention was concentrated in settled areas. The first known laws to protect parts of nature date back to the Babylonian Empire and Chinese Empire. Ashoka
Ashoka
, the Great Mauryan
Mauryan
King, defined the first laws in the world to protect flora and fauna in Edicts of Ashoka
Ashoka
around 3rd Century B.C. In the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
, the Kings of England initiated one of the world’s first conscious efforts to protect natural areas. They were motivated by a desire to be able to hunt wild animals in private hunting preserves rather than a desire to protect wilderness. Nevertheless, in order to have animals to hunt they would have to protect wildlife from subsistence hunting and the land from villagers gathering firewood. Similar measures were introduced in other European countries.

19TH CENTURY TO PRESENT

The idea of wilderness having intrinsic value emerged in the Western world in the 19th century. British artists John Constable
John Constable
and J. M. W. Turner turned their attention to capturing the beauty of the natural world in their paintings. Prior to that, paintings had been primarily of religious scenes or of human beings. William Wordsworth’s poetry described the wonder of the natural world, which had formerly been viewed as a threatening place. Increasingly the valuing of nature became an aspect of Western culture.

By the mid-19th century, in Germany, "Scientific Conservation," as it was called, advocated "the efficient utilization of natural resources through the application of science and technology ." Concepts of forest management based on the German approach were applied in other parts of the world, but with varying degrees of success. Over the course of the 19th century wilderness became viewed not as a place to fear but a place to enjoy and protect, hence came the conservation movement in the latter half of the 19th century. Rivers were rafted and mountains were climbed solely for the sake of recreation, not to determine their geographical context.

In 1861, following an intense lobbying by artists (painters), the French Waters and Forests Military Agency set an « artistic reserve » in Fontainebleau State Forest. With a total of 1 097 hectares, it is known to be the first World
World
nature reserve.

Global conservation became an issue at the time of the dissolution of the British Empire
British Empire
in Africa
Africa
in the late 1940s. The British established great wildlife preserves there. As before, this interest in conservation had an economic motive: in this case, big game hunting . Nevertheless, this led to growing recognition in the 1950s and the early 1960s of the need to protect large spaces for wildlife conservation worldwide. The World Wildlife Fund
World Wildlife Fund
(WWF), founded in 1961, grew to be one of the largest conservation organizations in the world.

Early conservationists advocated the creation of a legal mechanism by which boundaries could be set on human activities in order to preserve natural and unique lands for the enjoyment and use of future generations. This profound shift in wilderness thought reached a pinnacle in the US with the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964, which allowed for parts of U.S. National Forests to be designated as "wilderness preserves". Similar acts, such as the 1975 Eastern Wilderness Act , followed.

Nevertheless, initiatives for wilderness conservation continue to increase. There are a growing number of projects to protect tropical rainforests through conservation initiatives. There are also large-scale projects to conserve wilderness regions, such as Canada's Boreal Forest Conservation Framework . The Framework calls for conservation of 50 percent of the 6,000,000 square kilometres of boreal forest in Canada's north. In addition to the World
World
Wildlife Fund, organizations such as the Wildlife Conservation Society , the WILD Foundation , The Nature
Nature
Conservancy , Conservation International , The Wilderness Society (United States) and many others are active in such conservation efforts.

The 21st century has seen another slight shift in wilderness thought and theory. It is now understood that simply drawing lines around a piece of land and declaring it a wilderness does not necessarily make it a wilderness. All landscapes are intricately connected and what happens outside a wilderness certainly affects what happens inside it. For example, air pollution from Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and the California Central Valley affects Kern Canyon and Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park
. The national park has miles of "wilderness" but the air is filled with pollution from the valley. This gives rise to the paradox of what a wilderness really is; a key issue in 21st century wilderness thought. A view of wilderness in Estonia

NATIONAL PARKS

El Toro Wilderness within the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

The creation of National Parks
National Parks
, beginning in the 19th century, preserved some especially attractive and notable areas, but the pursuits of commerce , lifestyle , and recreation combined with increases in human population have continued to result in human modification of relatively untouched areas. Such human activity often negatively impacts native flora and fauna. As such, to better protect critical habitats and preserve low-impact recreational opportunities, legal concepts of "wilderness" were established in many countries, beginning with the United States
United States
(see below).

The first National Park was Yellowstone
Yellowstone
, which was signed into law by U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant on 1 March 1872. The Act of Dedication declared Yellowstone
Yellowstone
a land "hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people."

The world's second national park, the Royal National Park , located just 32 km to the south of Sydney
Sydney
, Australia
Australia
, was established in 1879.

The U.S. concept of national parks soon caught on in Canada
Canada
, which created Banff National Park in 1885, at the same time as the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway was being built. The creation of this and other parks showed a growing appreciation of wild nature, but also an economic reality. The railways wanted to entice people to travel west. Parks such as Banff and Yellowstone
Yellowstone
gained favor as the railroads advertised travel to "the great wild spaces" of North America. When outdoorsman Teddy Roosevelt became president of the United States, he began to enlarge the U.S. National Parks
National Parks
system, and established the National Forest
Forest
system.

By the 1920s, travel across North America
North America
by train to experience the "wilderness" (often viewing it only through windows) had become very popular. This led to the commercialization of some of Canada\'s National Parks
National Parks
with the building of great hotels such as the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise
Chateau Lake Louise
.

Despite their similar name, national parks in England and Wales
England and Wales
are quite different from national parks in many other countries. Unlike most other countries, in England and Wales, designation as a national park may include substantial settlements and human land uses which are often integral parts of the landscape, and land within a national park remains largely in private ownership. Each park is operated by its own national park authority .

CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION IN 20TH CENTURY UNITED STATES

By the later 19th century it had become clear that in many countries wild areas had either disappeared or were in danger of disappearing. This realization gave rise to the conservation movement in the United States , partly through the efforts of writers and activists such as John Burroughs
John Burroughs
, Aldo Leopold , and John Muir , and politicians such as U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt . Cook Lake in the Bridger Wilderness, Bridger-Teton National Forest , Wyoming
Wyoming
, U.S.

The idea of protecting nature for nature's sake began to gain more recognition in the 1930s with American writers like Aldo Leopold , calling for a "land ethic" and urging wilderness protection. It had become increasingly clear that wild spaces were disappearing rapidly and that decisive action was needed to save them. Wilderness preservation is central to deep ecology ; a philosophy that believes in an inherent worth of all living beings, regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs.

Two different groups had emerged within the US environmental movement by the early 20th century: the conservationists and the preservationists. The initial consensus among conservationists was split into "utilitarian conservationists" later to be referred to as conservationists, and "aesthetic conservationists" or preservationists. The main representative for the former was Gifford Pinchot , first Chief of the United States
United States
Forest
Forest
Service, and they focused on the proper use of nature, whereas the preservationists sought the protection of nature from use. Put another way, conservation sought to regulate human use while preservation sought to eliminate human impact altogether. The management of US public lands during the years 1960s and 70s reflected these dual visions, with conservationists dominating the Forest
Forest
Service, and preservationists the Park Service

FORMAL WILDERNESS DESIGNATION

INTERNATIONAL

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) classifies wilderness at two levels, Ia (Strict Nature
Nature
Preserves) and Ib ( Wilderness
Wilderness
areas). For the global standard of wilderness (1b) protection, governance and management, read Wilderness
Wilderness
Protected Areas: Management Guidelines for IUCN
IUCN
Category 1b Protected Areas.

Forty-eight countries have wilderness areas established via legislative designation as IUCN
IUCN
protected area management Category 1b sites that do not overlap with any other IUCN
IUCN
designation. They are: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Finland, French Guyana, Greenland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Norway, Northern Mariana Islands, Portugal, Seychelles, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tanzania, United States
United States
of America, and Zimbabwe. At publication, there are 2,992 marine and terrestrial wilderness areas registered with the IUCN
IUCN
as solely Category 1b sites.

Twenty-two other countries have wilderness areas. These wilderness areas are established via administrative designation or wilderness zones within protected areas. Whereas the above listing contains countries with wilderness exclusively designated as Category 1b sites, some of the below-listed countries contain protected areas with multiple management categories including Category 1b. They are: Argentina, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Honduras, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, the Russian Federation, South Africa, Switzerland, Uganda, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Venezuela, and Zambia.

FRANCE

Since 1861, the French Waters and Forests Military Agency (Administration des Eaux et Forêts) put a strong protection on what was called the « artistic reserve » in Fontainebleau State Forest. With a total of 1 097 hectares, it is known to be the first World nature reserve.

Then in the 1950s, Integral Biological Reserves (Réserves Biologiques Intégrales, RBI) are dedicated to man free ecosystem evolution, on the contrary of Managed Biological reserves (Réserves Biologiques Dirigées, RBD) where a specific management is applied to conserve vulnerable species or threatened habitats.

Integral Biological Reserves occurs in French State Forests or City Forests and are therefore managed by the National Forests Office . In such reserves, all harvests coupe are forbidden excepted exotic species elimination or track safety works to avoid fallen tree risk to visitors (already existing tracks in or on the edge of the reserve).

At the end of 2014, there were 60 Integral Biological Reserves in French State Forests for a total area of 111 082 hectares and 10 in City Forests for a total of 2 835 hectares.

GREECE

Main article: National parks of Greece

In Greece there are some parks called "ethniki drimoi" (εθνικοί δρυμοί, national forests) that are under protection of the Greek government. Such parks include: Olympus , Parnassos and Parnitha National Parks.

NEW ZEALAND

There are seven wilderness areas in New Zealand
New Zealand
as defined by the National Parks
National Parks
Act 1980 and the Conservation Act 1987 that fall well within the IUCN
IUCN
definition. Wilderness areas
Wilderness areas
cannot have any human intervention and can only have indigenous species re-introduced into the area if it is compatible with conservation management strategies.

In New Zealand
New Zealand
wilderness areas are remote blocks of land that have high natural character. The Conservation Act 1987 prevents any access by vehicles and livestock, the construction of tracks and buildings, and all indigenous natural resources are protected. They are generally over 40,000 ha in size.

UNITED STATES

Main article: National Wilderness Preservation System
National Wilderness Preservation System
THE GREAT SWAMP of New Jersey , donated for federal protection by concerned residents, was designated as the FIRST WILDERNESS REFUGE IN THE UNITED STATES - winter scene photographed in March, 2008

In the United States, a Wilderness
Wilderness
Area is an area of federal land set aside by an act of Congress . Human
Human
activities in wilderness areas are restricted to scientific study and non-mechanized recreation; horses are permitted but mechanized vehicles and equipment, such as cars and bicycles, are not.

The United States
United States
was the first country to officially designate land as "wilderness" through the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness
Wilderness
Act was—and is still—an important part of wilderness designation because it created the legal definition of wilderness and founded the National Wilderness
Wilderness
Preservation System. The Wilderness Act defines wilderness as "an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammelled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain."

Wilderness
Wilderness
designation helps preserve the natural state of the land and protects flora and fauna by prohibiting development and providing for non-mechanized recreation only.

The first administratively protected wilderness area in the United States was the Gila National Forest. In 1922, Aldo Leopold , then a ranking member of the U.S. Forest
Forest
Service, proposed a new management strategy for the Gila National Forest. His proposal was adopted in 1924, and 750 thousand acres of the Gila National Forest
Forest
became the Gila Wilderness
Gila Wilderness
.

'The Great Swamp in New Jersey was the first formally designated wilderness refuge in the United States. It was declared a wildlife refuge on 3 November 1960. In 1966 it was declared a National Natural Landmark and, in 1968, it was given wilderness status. Properties in the swamp had been acquired by a small group of residents of the area, who donated the assembled properties to the federal government as a park for perpetual protection. Today the refuge amounts to 7,600 acres (31 km2) that are within thirty miles of Manhattan
Manhattan
. Latir Peak Wilderness
Wilderness
, taken from milepost 394 along US-285, ten miles north of Tres Piedras and 14 miles south of the New Mexico and Colorado
Colorado
border.

While wilderness designations were originally granted by an Act of Congress for Federal land that retained a "primeval character", meaning that it had not suffered from human habitation or development, the Eastern Wilderness Act of 1975 extended the protection of the NWPS to areas in the eastern States that were not initially considered for inclusion in the Wilderness
Wilderness
Act. This act allowed lands that did not meet the constraints of size, roadlessness, or human impact to be designated as wilderness areas under the belief that they could be returned to a "primeval" state through preservation.

Approximately 107,500,000 acres (435,000 km2) are designated as wilderness in the United States. This accounts for 4.82% of the country's total land area; however, 54% of that amount is found in Alaska
Alaska
(recreation and development in Alaskan wilderness is often less restrictive), while only 2.58% of the lower continental United States is designated as wilderness. Following the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 there are 756 separate wilderness designations in the United States
United States
ranging in size from Florida's Pelican Island at 5 acres (20,000 m2) to Alaska's Wrangell-Saint Elias at 9,078,675 acres (36,740.09 km2).

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

In Western Australia, a Wilderness
Wilderness
Area is an area that has a wilderness quality rating of 12 or greater and meets a minimum size threshold of 8,000 hectares in temperate areas or 20,000 hectares in arid and tropical areas. A wilderness area is gazetted under section 62(1)(a) of the Conservation and Land
Land
Management Act 1984 by the Minister on any land that is vested in the Conservation Commission of Western Australia.

INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT

Monument Valley in Utah
Utah
, United States
United States
.

At the forefront of the international wilderness movement has been The WILD Foundation , its founder Ian Player and its network of sister and partner organizations around the globe. The pioneer World Wilderness
Wilderness
Congress in 1977 introduced the wilderness concept as an issue of international importance, and began the process of defining the term in biological and social contexts. Today, this work is continued by many international groups who still look to the World Wilderness
Wilderness
Congress as the international venue for wilderness and to The WILD Foundation network for wilderness tools and action. The WILD Foundation also publishes the standard references for wilderness professionals and others involved in the issues: Wilderness Management: Stewardship and Protection of Resources and Values, the International Journal of Wilderness, A Handbook on International Wilderness
Wilderness
Law
Law
and Policy and Protecting Wild Nature
Nature
on Native Lands are the backbone of information and management tools for international wilderness issues.

The Wilderness
Wilderness
Specialist Group within the World
World
Commission on Protected Areas (WTF/WCPA) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Nature
(IUCN) plays a critical role in defining legal and management guidelines for wilderness at the international level and is also a clearing-house for information on wilderness issues. The IUCN
IUCN
Protected Areas Classification System defines wilderness as "A large area of unmodified or slightly modified land, and/or sea retaining its natural character and influence, without permanent or significant habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural condition ( Category 1b )." The WILD Foundation founded the WTF/WCPA in 2002 and remains co-chair.

EXTENT

The Ahklun Mountains and the Togiak Wilderness
Togiak Wilderness
within the Togiak National Wildlife
Wildlife
Refuge in the U.S. state of Alaska
Alaska

According to a major study, Wilderness: Earth's Last Wild Places, carried out by Conservation International , 46% of the world's land mass is wilderness. For purposes of this report, "wilderness" was defined as an area that "has 70% or more of its original vegetation intact, covers at least 10,000 square kilometers (3,900 sq mi) and must have fewer than five people per square kilometer." However, an IUCN
IUCN
/ UNEP report published in 2003, found that only 10.9% of the world's land mass is currently a Category 1 Protected Area , that is, either a strict nature reserve (5.5%) or protected wilderness (5.4%). Such areas remain relatively untouched by humans. Of course, there are large tracts of lands in National Parks
National Parks
and other protected areas that would also qualify as wilderness. However, many protected areas have some degree of human modification or activity, so a definitive estimate of true wilderness is difficult.

The Wildlife Conservation Society generated a human footprint using a number of indicators, the absence of which indicate wildness: human population density, human access via roads and rivers, human infrastructure for agriculture and settlements and the presence of industrial power (lights visible from space). The society estimates that 26% of the Earth's land mass falls into the category of "Last of the wild." The wildest regions of the world include the tundra , the taiga , the Amazonian rain forest , the Tibetan Plateau
Tibetan Plateau
, the Australian outback and deserts such as the Sahara
Sahara
, and the Gobi
Gobi
. However, from the 1970s, numerous geoglyphs have been discovered on deforested land in the Amazon rainforest, leading to claims about Pre-Columbian civilizations. The BBC's Unnatural Histories claimed that the Amazon rainforest, rather than being a pristine wilderness, has been shaped by man for at least 11,000 years through practices such as forest gardening and terra preta .

It should be noted that the percentage of land area designated "wilderness" does not necessarily reflect a measure of its biodiversity . Of the last natural wilderness areas, the taiga—which is mostly wilderness—represents 11% of the total land mass in the Northern Hemisphere. Tropical rainforest represent a further 7% of the world's land base. Estimates of the Earth's remaining wilderness underscore the rate at which these lands are being developed, with dramatic declines in biodiversity as a consequence.

CRITIQUE

Cedar Mountain Wilderness
Cedar Mountain Wilderness
in northern Utah
Utah
, United States
United States
.

The American concept of wilderness has been criticized by some nature writers. For example, William Cronon writes that what he calls a wilderness ethic or cult may "teach us to be dismissive or even contemptuous of such humble places and experiences", and that "wilderness tends to privilege some parts of nature at the expense of others", using as an example "the mighty canyon more inspiring than the humble marsh." This is most clearly visible with the fact that nearly all U.S. National Parks
National Parks
preserve spectacular canyons and mountains, and it was not until the 1940s that a swamp became a national park—the Everglades . In the mid-20th century national parks started to protect biodiversity , not simply attractive scenery.

Cronon also believes the passion to save wilderness "poses a serious threat to responsible environmentalism " and writes that it allows people to "give ourselves permission to evade responsibility for the lives we actually lead....to the extent that we live in an urban-industrial civilization but at the same time pretend to ourselves that our real home is in the wilderness".

Michael Pollan has argued that the wilderness ethic leads people to dismiss areas whose wildness is less than absolute. In his book Second Nature, Pollan writes that "once a landscape is no longer 'virgin' it is typically written off as fallen, lost to nature, irredeemable." Another challenge to the conventional notion of wilderness comes from Robert Winkler in his book, Going Wild: Adventures with Birds in the Suburban Wilderness. "On walks in the unpeopled parts of the suburbs," Winkler writes, "I’ve witnessed the same wild creatures, struggles for survival, and natural beauty that we associate with true wilderness." Attempts have been made, as in the Pennsylvania Scenic Rivers Act, to distinguish "wild" from various levels of human influence: in the Act, "wild rivers" are "not impounded", "usually not accessible except by trail", and their watersheds and shorelines are "essentially primitive".

Another source of criticism is that the criteria for wilderness designation is vague and open to interpretation. For example, the Wilderness Act states that wilderness must be roadless. The definition given for roadless is "the absences of roads which have been improved and maintained by mechanical means to insure relatively regular and continuous use." However, there have been added sub-definitions that have, in essence, made this standard unclear and open to interpretation.

Coming from a different direction, some criticism from the Deep Ecology
Ecology
movement argues against conflating "wilderness" with "wilderness reservations", viewing the latter term as an oxymoron that, by allowing the law as a human construct to define nature, unavoidably voids the very freedom and independence of human control that defines wilderness. True wilderness requires the ability of life to undergo speciation with as little interference from humanity as possible. Anthropologist and scholar on wilderness Layla AbdelRahim argues that it is necessary to understand the principles that govern the economies of mutual aid and diversification in wilderness from a non-anthropocentric perspective.

SEE ALSO

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Ecology
portal * Earth
Earth
sciences portal * Biology
Biology
portal * Sustainable development portal

* Aldo Leopold * Adventure travel * Biomass
Biomass
* Biomass
Biomass
(ecology) * Bioproduct * Camping
Camping
* Conservation movement * Deforestation * Ecological footprint
Ecological footprint
* Environmental education * Forest
Forest
* Geology
Geology
* Global warming
Global warming
* Hiking * Intact forest landscape * John Muir Lifetime Achievement Award * Land use * Last of the Wild * Leave no trace * List of U.S. Wilderness Areas
Wilderness Areas
* List of conservationists * Bob Marshall * National Outdoor Leadership School * National Wilderness Preservation System
National Wilderness Preservation System
* National Wildlife Magazine * Native American use of fire * Natural landscape
Natural landscape
* Old-growth forest
Old-growth forest
* Outdoor education
Outdoor education
* Permaforestry * Planetary habitability * Protected area * Wild fisheries * Wildcrafting * Wilderness Act (1964) * Wilderness
Wilderness
Area ( Protected Area Management Category) * World Wilderness Congress

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