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August, 2005

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.

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December, 2005

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.

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April, 2004

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.

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August, 2004

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.

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December, 2004

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?

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April, 2003

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.”

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August, 2003

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.

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December, 2003

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.

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April, 2002

Vance Martin and Andrew Muir provide an overview of activities and outcomes of the 7th World Wilderness Congress, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (November 2001). In the education and communication section, Maclom Draper and Alan Watson report on wilderness management workshops held prior to the 7WWC, which focused on the philosophy, history, and management of wilderness; making wilderness relevant to local and traditional people; and, sustainable financing of restoration and education programs.

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August, 2002

Vance Martin, WILD’s President, contributes an editorial perspective, in which he calls for us to remember that: the ecological services wilderness provides go to everyone on the planet; and, the power of wilderness to move people in a transformative way. He reminds us that “wilderness has soul.” Christopher Monz provides an overview of an evaluation of evaluating student satisfaction in wilderness education courses, specifically from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). John Shultis reviews several books including “Edward Abbey: A Life” by James M. Calahan.

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December, 2002

This IJW features an article by Stephen Mills on how the Sierra Club reaches “Beyond the Borders” with its new international programs in Southern Africa, Mexico and the Ashoka fellows program. In the international perspectives section, Stephen Siebert and Jill Belsky discuss the important role of local food production in livelihood security and why protected area managers need to be aware of these issues. In the news and announcements section, WILD announces its WILD Awards program, recognizing companies who use wild images in advertising and also support the protection of wild nature – in an way, paying royalties for the use of these images.

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April, 2001

Garry Oye and others provide personal perspectives on the new wilderness recreation strategy for the National Forest System in a special stewardship feature. The working partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the Student Conservation Association to restore wilderness in the California desert is explained by Dave Wash and Kate Wash. Chad Dawson remembers the work, leadership and passion of Bob Marshall, and John Shultis reviews For the Health of the Land by Aldo Leopold (J. Baird Callicott and Eric T. Freyfogle, eds).

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August, 2001

Michael Frome contributes a moving piece for Soul of the Wilderness, discussing the wilderness as a sanctuary for us and future generations: “Wilderness areas are not playgrounds, nor theme parks, but sanctuaries, meant to be forever.” Franco Zunino contributes an international perspective on his work to bring the concept of wild nature to Italy and the mountainous wilderness landscape he and partners work to protect.

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December, 2001

In this issue of the journal, Alan Watson contributes perspectives from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute on the wilderness values in the circumpolar north. Tarun Chhabra contributes an international perspective in his article on the Toda people of the upper Nilgiri plateau in southern India. The Toda culture has a rich and sacred connection to wild nature, specifically the buffalo and its milk and the wildland plants used in rituals, medicine and daily activities. The Wilderness Digest section announced the Bureau of Land Management primitive skills team winning the first Corrigall Wilderness Stewardship award.

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April, 2000

In this issue of the IJW, Kevin Proescholdt presents events and milestones of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, the most visited unit in the US National Wilderness Preservation System. David Parsons contributes to the Wilderness Digest with News from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. Parsons describes how science is essential for understanding and managing wilderness areas, and in turn how wilderness provides opportunities to scientifically explore (relatively) pristine areas.

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August, 2000

In this issue’s Soul of the Wilderness article, David Cole addresses the conflicting, desirable and important values of wilderness: wild, natural, un-crowded and free. John Shultis contributes commentary on how humans, while ultimately fearing that technology will destroy man-kind, increasingly rely on technological innovations to enjoy wilderness experiences. Ken Cordell and Jerry Stokes provide a perspective from the Forest Service on the social value of wilderness.

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December, 2000

Luna Leopold, son of Aldo Leopold, contribute to this issues Soul of the Wilderness. He talks about the experience of fear in a wild-landscape, and the clarity this provides in the context of modern life, science and technology. A team of authors (Arsuffi et. al.) provide a stewardship article on the San Marcos River Wetlands Projects, including restoration efforts and environmental education projects.

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April, 1999

A very interesting study is featured in the Science and Research section of this IJW. “Health-Related Knowledge and Preparedness of High-Altitude Wilderness Hikers in Colorado,” surveyed 126 hikers in Rocky Mountain National Park as to their knowledge of common wilderness-related illnesses and their level of preparedness for these issues. A large percentage of those interviewed were not prepared or knowledgeable about high-altitude risks. The majority of respondents were not adequately acclimated to the altitude prior to beginning their excursion.

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August, 1999

In the International Perspectives of this IJW, Andrew Muir describes Imbewu and the Opinion Leader Programmes of the Wilderness Leadership School. Both of these programs are aimed to rekindle the bond between South Africans and their land, a bond alienated by policies of colonization and apartheid. Also in this issue, John Shultis reviews two books: “Wilderness by Design: Landscape Architecture & the National Park Service,” by Ethan Carr; and “Building the National Parks: Historic Landscape Design and Construction,” by Linda Flint McClelland.

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December, 1999

Keith Kilbrun presents highlights from a Wilderness Therapy Conference at the University of Idaho in “Wilderness for Healing and Growing People.” And, Kenton Miller contributes to International Perspectives with commentary on the ecological services provided by wilderness and how these services support natural and human communities. He emphasizes that “For long-term survival, and therefore service to people and nature, these key sites (protected areas) need to be established and managed within a network of reserves connected by biodiversity-friendly corridors.”

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