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Title: Management dilemmas that will shape wilderness in the 21st century

Author: Cole, David N.;

Date: 2001

Source: Journal of forestry. 99(1): 4-8

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: 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, management, recreation, wilderness

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Cole, David N. 2001. Management dilemmas that will shape wilderness in the 21st century. Journal of forestry. 99(1): 4-8


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