You are here: Home
/ Publication Information
Title: The natural ecological value of wilderness
Author: Cordell, H. Ken; Murphy, Danielle; Riitters, Kurt H.; Harvard, J.E. III
Source: In: The Multiple Values of Wilderness: 205-249
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
Description: In Chapters 7 through 10 of this book, we examined the social and economic benefits or values from Wilderness. In this chapter, we attempt to examine the natural ecological values of Wilderness. We define ecological value generally as the level of benefits that the space. water, minerals, biota, and all other factors that make up natural ecosystems provide to support native life forms. Ecological values can accrue to both humans and nonhumans alike. To humans, these benefits typically are bestowed externally as cleaner air and water. To nonhuman species. these ecological benefits are usually much more direct and on-site. Ecosystems contribute their greatest ecological value when they are in their most natural state. In their most natural state, they are at their peak of natural health and provide their greatest level of native life support. Native life support is the ecological value of Wilderness. Cole (2000) has argued that ecological value is directly and positively correlated with degree of naturalness. We will argue that such measurements of naturalness as we can devise or discover are our best shot at demonstrating whether Wilderness has greater ecological value than non-Wilderness lands.
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly
which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
XML: View XML
Cordell, H. Ken; Murphy, Danielle; Riitters, Kurt H.; Harvard, J.E., III 2005. The natural ecological value of wilderness. In: The Multiple Values of Wilderness: 205-249
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility