Archived Issues

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December 2019

In this issue of IJW, we explore the cognitive cost of distracted hiking. Chris Zajchowski, Anthony Desocio, and N. Qwynne Lackey discuss the unequal air resources of American wilderness. David Cole documents the antecedents of wilderness science. Helen Kopnina examines the failed case of rewilding at Oostvaardersplassen. Finally, we would like to welcome Patrick Kelly as our new media and book editor for the journal.

August 2019

In this issue of IJW, Jesse Engebretson and Troy Hall explore the historical meaning of solitude and primitive recreation in the Wilderness Act of 1964, Basak Tanulku examines the English Lake District as a culturally wild landscape, Vance Martin announces the 11th World Wilderness Congress in India, and more!

April 2019

In this issue of IJW, we explore insights from the 2018 National Wilderness Workshop. Vladimir Bocharnikov and Falk Huettmann discuss wilderness conditions as ecological indicators in Russia. David Cole documents the history and contributions of the Wilderness Management Research Unit. Finally, Helen Kopnina examines rights and ecological justice across Amazonia.

December 2018

In this issue of IJW, we remember the wilderness giant Stewart “Brandy” Brandborg. Betsy Lindley, Maria Blevins, and Scott Williams discuss cultural meanings and management challenges for urban-proximate wilderness areas. David Cole documents the historical development and evolution of the Leave No Trace program. Finally, Crista Valentino highlights the emergence of new conservation leaders with the CoalitionWILD program.

August 2018

In this issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, Vance Martin announces that the 11th World Wilderness Congress, or WILD11, will convene in China in late 2019. Read through his editorial, “WILD11: Why China…and Why Now” to get the full scoop.

Additionally, Cao Yue and others present a preliminary study mapping wilderness in mainland China. Carol Griffin, Jeff Marion, Jeremy Wimpey, and others examine campsite policies in wilderness related to Leave No Trace guidance, recreation ecology, and management practices across several articles. Amelia Romo and others also examine the impact of wilderness therapy programs in wilderness settings. And much more!

April 2018

In 2017, IJW began an online publishing format. This format will continue in 2018 as we seek to reach our diverse audience in multiple ways that are consistent with current professional and academic dissemination of science and stewardship. We also have the opportunity to expand our social media presence and outreach by changing how we provide information and content to practitioners, scientists, advocates, and stewards. Plans include providing open access via the IJW website to the tables of contents, editorials, and the “Soul of the Wilderness” for the current volume. Through these changes, it is our goal to provide ongoing engagement, discourse, and exposure for the important topics and issues raised by the contributing authors of IJW and its valued readership.

June 2017

In this issue of the IJW, Peter Ashley discusses mapping the inner experience of wilderness; Dan Dustin, Larry Beck, and Jeff Rose examine emerging issues related to technology on the Pacific Crest Trail; and more!

December 2017

This special issue of the IJW focuses on the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to coincide with the 2018 50th anniversary year. Our editors sought to rejuvenate efforts that began 17 years ago when IJW devoted two consecutive issues to wild rivers. 

April 2016

In the April 2016 issue of the IJW, Lisa Ronald kicks us off with the editorial perspective "Identifying with Wilderness," Christina Mills and Monica Patel ask "Where are the Young People in Wilderness?," and more!

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August 2016

In the August 2016 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, we remember the pioneering wilderness scientist Bob Lucas; Doug Scott discusses the notion of having bicycles in wilderness areas; A. Andis, Robert Dvorak and Lisa Ronald share some thoughts from the millennials at the 2015 Wilderness Workshop; Tina Tin and River Yang trace the contours of wilderness in the Chinese mind; Frans Schepers and Paul Jepson discuss rewilding in a European context; and much more!

December 2016

In this issue of the IJW, Robert Dvorak asks the question, “Does wilderness need a celebrity, or just more defenders?”; Vance Martin and Chad Dawson provide a touching tribute to John Hendee, cofounder of the IJW; and more.

April 2015

In this issue, Vance G. Martin and Andrew Muir give a touching tribute to the late Dr. Ian Player. Amy Haak and Jack Williams look into the next 50 years for the wild trout, Lisa Ronald updates us on the Wilderness 50 Conference, and more.

August 2015

In this issue, Robert Dvorak shares a vision for America’s national wilderness preservation system, Franco Zunino talks about the increasing number of wilderness areas in Italy, Stephen McCool gives us the keys to building stewardship capacity for the next 50 years of wilderness, and more!

December 2015

Stewart Brandborg talks about "Wilderness, Wildness, and Wilderness Character;" Robert Dvorak reviews the interagency wilderness character monitoring strategy; H. Ken Cordell, Ramesh Ghimire and Chad Dawson compare wilderness values between managers and the public; and more!

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April 2014

In the April 2014 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, we hear from many fantastic authors on the topics of Writing People Back into Nature, a Vision for a Wilder Europe, Thinking Wild, the International League of Conservation Writers, and more!

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August 2014

In the August 2014 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act! Alan Watson & Ken Cordell propose a great way to keep science & stewardship working together for another 50 years; Vance Martin & Melanie Hill give us the details about WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress; David Cole gives us a historical perspective on wilderness science; and more!

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December 2014

In this December 2014 issue, we celebrate 20 years of the International Journal of Wilderness! John Hendee and Chad Dawson talk about the IJW going forward, Paul Hartfield takes us through the Lower Mississippi River- an under-appreciated national treasure, Laura Reilly explains how the Chicago Wilderness is a model for urban conservation, Audrey Neville and Robert Pahre show how tourists use social media in the wilderness, and more!

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April 2013

In this issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, we take a look at the wild waters of the Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park after 35 years, how migratory species add ecosystem service value to wilderness, and more!

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August 2013

In this issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, Vance Martin tells us what "WILD is," Lisa Eidson gives a countdown to the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Jean-Claude Genot & Annik Schnitzler talk about Rewilding France and more!

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December 2013

In the December 2013 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, we hear from Ingo Kowarik about a new perspective of Cities & Wilderness, Vicky Hoover & Gregory Hansen get everyone excited about the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and more!

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