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.
In this issue of the Journal, Cristina Mittermeier provides a call to action and mission for all conservation photographers. In her stewardship article, she announces the first ever Conservation Photography symposium, which convened at the 8th World Wilderness Congress in Anchorage, Alaska, 2005 and lead to the formation of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Gregory Brown and Lilian Alessa contribute an article on wilderness values in Alaska, based on GIS-based study methods.
This issue of the journal focuses specifically on Alaska wilderness, in preparation for the 8th World Wilderness Congress, Anchorage, Alaska 1005. Miki Collins and Julie Collins write about the traditional way of life at Denali and how subsistence lifestyles can go hand-in-hand with protecting for wilderness values. Stephen F. McCool, winner of the Chief’s Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award, details his work in the Bob Marshal wilderness.
Two articles in this issue of the journal address natural disasters and the implications for wilderness areas, specifically focused on the impacts of the 2004 hurricanes that devastated many national forest lands in Florida. Russell Mittermeier, Frank Hawkins, Serge Rajaobelina and Oliver Landgrand contribute an article focused on the Biodiversity Hotspot of Madagascar and conservation efforts there.