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Management Dilemmas That Will Shape Wilderness in the 21st Century

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Abstract:

How we resolve two management dilemmas will determine the future nature and value of wilderness. The first dilemma is providing for use and enjoyment while protecting wilderness conditions. The second is whether wilderness ecosystems should be left wild and “untrammeled” or, paradoxically, be manipulated toward a more natural state. Alternative solutions are explored. Because compromises between value systems will tend to homogenize wilderness areas, such that no area will fully meet any goal, we should consider allocating separate lands to each goal. Expanding our conception of wilderness will help us develop a diverse system that satisfies multiple needs.

Keywords: ecological restoration; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; management; natural resource management; natural resources; recreation; wilderness

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Research Biologist Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, PO Box 8089 Missoula, MT, 59807-8089, dcole@fs.fed.us

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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