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Wilderness Management: A Contradiction in Terms?

By Roderick Nash


Lecture given by Dr. Roderick Nash. Introduction by Dr. John H, Ehrenreich: Dean of the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Range Sciences, and Director of the Wilderness Research Center at the Univeristy of Idaho. Dr. Nash's lecture opens with a bold statement that ""Wilderness does not exist"" and is instead ""a state of mind evoked by a state of nature"" and then proceeds to define wilderness as seen by the Wilderness Act. He claims that maps have an ""erosive effect on wilderness"" and that wilderness used to be ""a circle on a map"" that ""concentrated on keeping things like roads and buildings out"". The lecture details how management became a necesity as time went by and more people recreated in the National Parks and Wilderness Areas and that usage ""could damage natural conditions just as severely as lumbering, mining, and commercial grazing."", he emphazises this through the use of visitor statistics. The lecture then explores the idea of a ""carrying capacity of wilderness, the impact of people on nature."" The main point is summed up, wilderness management is a contradiction in terms, but necessary for there to to be any semblance of wilderness for people to experience; that they must ""manage so that less management is necessary."" A bibliography is included

Topics: lectures; wilderness areas; land management; wilderness;
Publisher: University of Idaho Wilderness Research Center
Year: 1978
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