This issue of the IJW offers an article by Kim Crumbo on management of the natural American icon, the Grand Canyon, and the political red-tape involved with its wilderness designation. Wayne Freimund and Lloyd Queen contribute a very interesting article on the “new” technology and widespread use of the internet as a tool for advancing wilderness interests.”
Mamphela Ramhele provides a study of how wilderness in used for healing in South Africa, with an emphasis on WILD’s partner organization The Wilderness Leadership School. He writes, “From time immemorial, the wilderness has been associated with the search for meaning and the need for restoration of interior balance…” This issue includes three great book reviews for “Guardians of the Parks, A History of the National Parks and Conservation Association,” by John C. Miles, “Wild Ideas” by David Rothenberg (ed), and “Troubled Waters: The Fights for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness,” by Kevin Proescholdt.
Roderick Nash, author of “Wilderness and the American Mind,” contributed an article for this IJW, on the implications of the internet on the soul of wilderness. Stating an case much before it was mainstream, Nash encourages readers to step away from technology to experience wilderness. Greg Aplet and Jerry Greenberg provide a written history of The Wilderness Society (US), and an insight into new and changing goals for the organization.