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Backcountry as an Alternative to Wilderness?

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Backcountry areas have been suggested as recreation alternatives to wilderness. A problem with the concept is that areas which could be managed as backcountry are already used by recreationists. Visitors to a wilderness in Oregon and to a nondesignated roadless area in northern Idaho hem many of the same values and sought the same kind of experiences. Therefore, redistribution, as proposed by backcountry proponents, may be equivalent to shifting use form officially designated wilderness to de facto wilderness rather than from wilderness to a backcountry, recreation area.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Wilderness Manager, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

Publication date: 1982-06-01

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