Science & Stewardship to Protect Wilderness Values

The Science & Stewardship Symposium was a core part of WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress (2009, Mexico). One outcome of the symposium is a free, online publication which compiles proceedings of the symposium (also available in print).  The symposium and the proceedings were lead by our colleagues at the US Forest Service, specifically Alan Watson, Joaquin Murrieta-Saldiva and Brooke McBride.

The symposium on science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values was the largest of multiple symposia held in conjunction with the Congress. The papers contained in the proceedings were generated at this symposium or submitted by the author or authors for consideration for inclusion in this proceedings, and have been organized into six major topics (which were major themes throughout the Congress as well):

  1. empowering young people,
  2. promoting involvement of local communities,
  3. enhancing transboundary conservation goals,
  4. exploring wilderness meanings,
  5. monitoring and predicting change, and
  6. new directions in wilderness stewardship.

Included are papers that address wildland issues in Afghanistan, Antarctica, Canada, Czech Republic, El Salvador, the Gambia, Germany, Honduras, India, Lesotho, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and the United States.

The full publication is available for download, online, or you can use the order form to request a copy.

Publication details: Watson, Alan; Murrieta-Saldivar, Joaquin; McBride, Brooke, comps. 2011. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Ninth World Wilderness Congress symposium; November 6-13, 2009; Meridá, Yucatán, Mexico. Proceedings RMRS-P-64. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 225 p.

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