This issue of the IJW explores wilderness being used as “symbolic value”: Symbolism, Experience, and the Value of Wilderness (Herbert W. Shroeder) and Beyond the Symbolic Value of Wildness (Paul M. Keeling) look into the psychological view of the symbolic value of wilderness as well as exploring wilderness being described as a “symbolic value.”
This issue of the International Journal of Wilderness put some focus on visitor usage of wilderness. Wilderness Day Use (J. Daniel Abbe and Robert E. Manning) and An Examination of Constraints to Wilderness Visitation (Gary T. Green, J.M. Bowker, Cassandra Y. Johnson, H. Ken Cordell and Xiongfei Wang) explore the impact from day use visitors as well as which social groups visit wilderness more and which groups feel as though they have more constraints.
This issue of the Journal incorporates a couple of articles focused on technology and wilderness. GPS and the Internet (Joe Van Horn) and New Opportunities for Educating Future Wilderness and Wildland Managers in a Changing Technological World (Chad P. Dawson) look into how differently wilderness experiences are shared now with GPS mapping and internet capabilities, as well as how differently wilderness managers communicate and learn with changing technologies.
This issue of the Journal covers many aspects of wilderness and fire. From Amphibians and wildfire in the US Northeast (by Blake Hossack), to the evolution of wilderness fire policy (by Gregory Aplet), the contributions to this issue provide a wide-scope view of the use of fire in managing wilderness, how fire effects biodiversity, plant life and human visitation, and how the fire stewardship is used in Alaska, South Africa and elsewhere.
In this issue of the Journal, Patricio Robles Gil contributes an international perspective on the first wilderness designation in Latin America, El Carmen wilderness. George Schaller presents a proposal for a Pamir International Peace Park, principally in Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the book reviews, John Shultis looks at “Transboundary Conservation: A New Vision for Protected Areas,” by Russell Mittermeier, Cyril Kormos, Cristina Mittermeier, et al.
This issue of the Journal starts with an editorial perspective from Vance Martin on wilderness as a bipartisan cause, and announcing the International Conservation Caucus Foundation (ICCF). Joseph E. Mbaiwa and Onaletshepho I. Mbaiwa contribute an article on the effects of veterinary fences on wildlife population in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana.