Call of the Wild – The Wilderness Act Turns 50
volume 29 no 3
“The idea of wilderness needs no defense,” Edward Abbey once declared, “it only needs defenders.” It’s a good line and a brave one, but, like so many things, it might not hold up as it once did.
September 3 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, one of the landmark accomplishments of the modern American environmental movement. We should be celebrating the occasion with champagne and high-fives. Instead, many longtime conservationists have found themselves in something of a defensive crouch. The wilderness ideal – which once seemed so self-evident to …more
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- In a warming world we’ll discover that wilderness continues to sustain us.
- To Protect Wild Places, We Need to Shift to Clean Energy
- The Sierra Club wants to do for renewable energy what Muir did for wilderness.
- Wilderness in the Anthropocene
- In the “Age of Man” we’ll need wild places to hold steady the sanity of our species.
- “Guardians, not Gardeners”
- In Praise of a Place
- A Letter from the Yaak Valley
- Feedback: Letters and Emails
- Talking Points: Local News from All Over
- Around the World: Parks in Peril
- Material World: The Sharing Economy: Love It or Leave It?
- Earth Island Reports: The Power of Storytelling
- Sacred Land Film Project
- Earth Island Reports: Ending America’s War on Wildlife
- Project Coyote
- Earth Island Reports: Meet the 15th Annual Brower Youth Award Winners
- New Leaders Initiative
- Wilderness Reflections: The Heart of Wilderness
- 1,000 Words: More than Just a Pretty Picture
- Nature’s Best Photography
- Wilderness Reflections: A Buffalo Soldier Speaks
- “Mountains and Forests Rise Within Us”
- Wilderness Reflections: A Wild that Leaves Us Speechless
- Wilderness Reflections: The Night Sky: A Wilderness Obscured
- Wilderness Reflections: What’s in a Name?
- Wilderness Reflections: A Much Trammelled Wild
- Wilderness Reflections: Don’t Tell a Soul
- Cave lovers worry that sharing their passion might just kill it.
- Wilderness Reflections: Coloring Outside the Lines
- +/-: Ticket to Ride?
- +/-: Wilderness Can Work for Mountain Bikers
- +/-: Mountain Biking Is Inappropriate In Wilderness
- Conversation: National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis
- Wilderness Reflections: Wilderness Next Door
- Following the same route over and over has become a kind of walking meditation.
- Wilderness Reflections: The Wild Line
- In Review: Debunking Straw Man Definitions of Wilderness
- Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth
Edited by George Wuerthner, Eileen Crist, and Tom Butler
Island Press, 2014, 248 pages
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By Will Harlan
Grove Press, 2014, 307 Pages
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