This issue of the IJW salutes forty years of the US Wilderness Act. John Hendee and Chad Dawson contribute a special editorial perspective on this significant milestone. In the education and communication section, Dawson and Hendee also provide an overview of wilderness-related courses at US Colleges and Universities and Suzanne Caswell and Rob Meltzer introduce the Wilderness Therapy Symposium Series at Naropa University. John Shultis reviews the book, “Wilderness: Earth’s Last Wild Places,” by Russell A. Mittermeier et al.
This issue of the IJW focuses on Alaska, in preparation for the 8th World Wilderness Congress (Anchorage, 2005). Some of the topics covered are how subsistence lifestyles, inholdings and ANILCA impact wilderness stewardship issues, the five most significant threats to Alaska’s wilderness, commentary on the character and soul of northern and arctic wilderness areas. Jon Kohl provides a stewardship article on the history of zoos as conservation centers, and calls for zoos to focus more on conservation instead of animal exhibition.
This issue of the journal celebrates a successful 10 years of publication. Several articles in this issue address the character of wild-nature, and the meaning and value of primitive experiences of solitude in wild-nature. How can we manage for wilderness experiences? Mary Wagner contributes a stewardship article on the US Forest Service’s commitment to Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Following the article is an interview with Mary Wagner. F. Patrick Holmes and Walter E. Hecox address the important question: Does Wilderness Impoverish Rural Regions?
In this issue of the IJW, Mark Bennet, Lorne Kriwoken and Liza Fallon discuss how to manage the impacts of bushwalkers in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, including management tools such as re-routing, erosion control and permit systems. Les Joslin uses examples from the Three Sisters Wilderness in discussion the best ways to inform and education wilderness visitors. He notes that “wilderness visitors at trailheads will read and heed a little information if it’s presented properly, but will ignore poorly presented and excessive information.”
Drummond Densham contributes and international perspective for this issue of the journal, honoring Bill Bainbridge of South Africa for his receipt of an honory doctorate of law from the University of Natal for his distinguished work supporting and promoting wilderness conservation. The formation of The Wilderness Task of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The task for is co-chaired by Vance Martin, WILD’s President, and Khulani Mkhize, CEO of KwaZulu Natal Widlife.
Sandra Slater-Jones contributes an article to this issue of the journal on the relationship between transfrontier park managers, policy makers and resident indigenous populations. She emphasizes the importance of cooperation between countries and protected area managers in transboundary parks, and a greater awareness of local, human issues. Linda Moffat writes a very interesting article on adventure racing in the wild, a use of wildlands that is under much scrutiny. She provides perspectives from adventure racers to create a balanced story of the impacts and benefits of adventure racing on protected areas.