Preservation of Wilderness: Adirondack Issues and Prospects

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Policy in the Adirondack forests of New York is to maintain a wilderness condition. That policy, while subject to long-standing debate, continues to receive significant support from city dwellers who place a high value on wilderness as a contrast to the urban environment. In the near term, present attitudes are likely to prevail. In the more distant future, the definition and value of wilderness may be altered by changes in the urban environment and new developments in the systems by which New Yorkers obtain the forest's goods and services. In the future as in the past, the key issue will be the desirability of manipulating vegetation. If timber harvesting and transport are to become acceptable to the general public, there must be significant developments in technology and improved communication between resource managers and users.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Forestry Economics, Department of Forestry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Publication date: October 1, 1976

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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