This issue of the International Journal of Wilderness includes two summaries of WILD9, the 9th World Wilderness Congress (November 2009 in Merida, Mexico). Vance Martin provides a general overview, historical context and practical accomplishments of the Congress and David Parsons provides a personal account of his experience. Other articles include a stewardship article by Hawk Rosales about the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness, a review of bear-resistant food storage canisters, a study of monitoring campsite conditions with digital image analysis and more.
The August 2010 IJW features a wonderful, heartfelt letter from the late George Duffy. This “Farewell” essay was written to fellow wilderness stewards after George learned he had a rare and fatal cancer. The letter reflects how George lived his life: full of verve and passion for wilderness, and always striving to improve wilderness stewardship. Angeles Mendoza Sammet and Michael S. Quinn contribute a Science & Research paper on the governance challenges for wildland preservation in Canada and Mexico.
In the December 2010 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness, managing editor Chad P. Dawson announced the exciting transition to offering the Journal online. Till Meyer contributes a Stewardship paper on the exciting rewildling work in Germany, and Wade M. Vagias and Robert B. Powell contribute a Science and Research paper on backcountry visitors’ leave no trace attitudes.