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.
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.
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.