WILD’s President, Vance Martin contributes a feature titled “The Trail Ahead” in this issue of the IJW. He calls upon readers to provide feedback and responses to their view of wilderness – especially with regard to the never-ending tightrope walk between the (perceived) needs of wild nature and the needs of humankind fulfilled by wild nature. Also in this issue, H. Ken Cordell and Jeff Teasley present the results from the USA National Survey on Recreation and Environment. One finding of the survey showed that in 1994-1995 almost 95% of the US population participated in some form of outdoor recreation.
Managing Editor Michelle S. Mazzola captures some adventures of the IJW executive editors in the wilderness. Quotes from Alan Watson, John Hendee and others tell the story of wilderness advocate who “walk the walk.” Kristi de Groot presents highlights from the First Latin American Congress on National Parks and Other Protected Areas. Cuban Protected Areas, held 21-28 May 2977 in Santa Marta, Columbia. Participants discussed issues including: International Guidelines for Land Designation and Management, Indigenous Groups within National Parks and Protected Areas and Community-Based Conservation.
Vance Martin presents the results of the 6th World Wilderness (Bangalore, India, 24-29 October 1998), under the leadership of Chairman Mr. Partha Sarathy of The WILD Foundation and Congress Executive Officer Mr. Krishnan Kutty of the National Outdoor Leadership School. Rob Cooley discusses how wilderness therapy can help troubled adolescents and Alan Watson explores sustainable financing of Parks and Protected Areas through user fees.