Imagine yourself at home in your favorite chair, dressed comfortably in sweat pants and a T-shirt while actively increasing your knowledge and understanding of wilderness.
Our society is experiencing a technological revolution in the use of handheld information and communication technology. The recent advances in wireless technology have made information and communication devices more portable, more affordable, and more ubiquitous than ever before.
Planning was in high gear in 2013 as the wilderness community prepared for a wide variety of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The most important event was the National Wilderness Conference held in October in New Mexico.
Science for wilderness emphasizes that our work informs effective stewardship and management of wilderness. Wilderness for landscape sustainability aims to improve understanding of the roles of protected lands in maintaining the ecological, economic, and social integrity of larger landscapes.
Campsite impacts can take away from the unique qualities that wilderness provides, and monitoring these impacts is an important component of protected area management.
It is long overdue for managers to begin building stronger working relationships with neighboring Tribal groups. With Native issues such as the appropriate management of and access to cultural and sacred sites within wilderness, strong relationships ultimately move us closer to the common goal of managing protected areas for the use and enjoyment of all people!