50th Anniversary of the US Wilderness Act

I recently got an email from a colleague, bringing to my attention that the 50th Anniversary of the US Wilderness Act is coming soon!  Sure, you might say that 4 years is really not all that soon….but in order to plan a celebration in equal magnitude to the...

Can We Stop Trying to Control Nature?

This post is an excerpt from an article from the International Journal of Wilderness (April 2000, vol.6 no.1 ) by James M. Glover.  I think you will enjoy his insight into what it means to control nature, and if indeed we can protect land without controlling nature....

A Second Chance

Essay by Kevin Hood, Wilderness Steward, USFS, Juneau Alaska “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.” Thus remarked President Teddy Roosevelt as he beheld the Grand Canyon. He championed preserving this...

Off the Beaten Track – The World’s Least Visited Parks

We all know about the popular park destinations such as Yellowstone NP (USA), Banff NP (Canada), Grand Canyon NP (USA), Sergengti NP ( Tanzania), Sagarmatha National Park (Mount Everest, Nepal), Mount Fuji NP (Japan) and the list goes on.  But, with over 6,555...

Huge New Canadian Wilderness

The Government of Canada has just announced designation of a huge addition to the Nahanni National Park in the NW Territory.  The total size of this new protected area is some 7.5 million acres – nearly three times the size of Yellowstone National Park! ...

Ian Player Perspective – Lake St. Lucia

The current crisis on Lake St Lucia, the pearl of iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a UN World Heritage Area) as it is now known, began a long time ago, probably when the great Zulu king Shaka rose to power in the 1800’s and began increasing the cattle herds in the...

Florida Government Steps up to the Plate for Wilderness

The Everglades National Park is the largest sub-tropical wilderness in the United States.  And now, a bit more of this wetland region is protected from development and agriculture, thanks to an initiative by the state of Florida. The Everglades “swampland”...

Quebec Expands Protected Area Network by Over 1%

One percent more land in Quebec is now protected! On 15 May CPAWS-Quebec Chapter (The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) announced the designation of over 12,000 square kilometers of new protected areas, including 1,450 sq kilometers of the Dumoine River watershed...
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