Wilderness Ethics (Waterman)

Without some management, the world's wilderness cannot survive the number of people who seek to enjoy it. But with too much management, or with the wrong kind, we will destroy the spiritual component of wilderness in our zeal to preserve its physical side. In Wilderness Ethics, Laura and Guy Waterman look beyond the ecology of the backcountry to the factors that make it "wild."

Improved trailside facilities, large groups seeking "wilderness experiences," technological supports such as cell phones and emergency helicopters, and even new regulations designed to preserve wild areas, have all had an impact on the way we experience the backcountry. Wtih humor and insight, the Watermans explore the most difficult wilderness management issues, asking us to evaluate the impact that even "environmentally conscious" values have on the wilderness expereince, and to ask the question: what are we trying to preserve?

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