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Return of the wild : the future of our natural lands
Kerasote, Ted.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Island Press, [2001]

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257 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps (some color) ; 24 cm
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QH76 .R48 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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As individuals and as a nation we believe that if we recycle and buy fuel-efficient cars we have done our part to protect the environment. Yet an important element is missing. If we don't conserve the still-undeveloped places of the earth, human life will be disconnected from its fellow animals and torn from its roots. Humans will still exist, but as Ted Kerasote explains in his insightful introduction, "we'll be like potted trees in the foyers of great skyscrapers -- alone and not part of a wider forest."Our efforts to recycle and conserve energy must be augmented with advocacy for the protection of wild spaces, and Return of the Wildis an important underpinning for that endeavor: a guide through the issues of the day, a history, a forum for debate, a source of information. Sponsored by the Pew Wilderness Center, the book brings together leading thinkers and writers to examine why nature in its most untrammeled state is vitally important to all of us; what currently threatens wild country; and what can be done not merely to conserve more of it, but also to return it to our lives and consciousness.Contributors including Vine Deloria, Jr., Chris Madson, Mike Matz, Richard Nelson, Thomas M. Power, Michael Soulé, Jack Turner, and Florence Williams consider a wide range of topics relating to wildlands, and explore the varied economic, spiritual, and ecological justifications for preserving wilderness areas. The book also features a completely new four-color mapping of the remaining roadless areas on federal lands, as well as the National Wilderness Preservation System, now measuring 106 million acres, in which much of this roadless land could one day be included.This first annual edition is both an inspiring and thoughtful introduction to wilderness subjects for the general public and an invaluable reference for legislators, the media, and conservation organizations. It is an essential new contribution to wilderness preservation efforts.

Table of Contents

Ted KerasoteJohn McCombDouglas W. ScottVine Deloria, Jr.Chris MadsonThomas Michael PowerFlorence WilliamsMike MatzSteven Bouma-PredigerSteven Bouma-PredigerSuellen LowryJack TurnerMichael E. SouleHal HerringTodd WilkinsonRichard Nelson
Introductionp. 1
Part I Our Wilderness Heritage
Mapping Wildlands: How the Wildlands Map Was Producedp. 10
The Wildlands of the United States
The U.S. Road Network
A Brief Illustrated History of Wilderness Timep. 11
American Indians and the Wildernessp. 25
The First Conservationistsp. 36
Part II The Human Landscape
"Gifts of Nature" in an Economic Worldp. 55
Between Towns and Wilderness: Protecting the Buffer Zonesp. 73
The Politics of Protecting Wild Placesp. 87
Christianity and Wild Placesp. 100
Movers and Shakers in the Christian Environmental Movementp. 108
Working with Faith-Based Organizationsp. 111
A Gallery of Wild Places
Part III Wildlife and Wildlands
The Wild and Its New Enemiesp. 119
Should Wilderness Be Managed?p. 136
Marketing the Image of the Wildp. 153
The Once and Future Grizzlyp. 167
Part IV Heart of the Wild
Joined Soulsp. 183
Appendix Wilderness Act of 1964p. 198
Notesp. 210
Contributorsp. 237
Indexp. 241