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The inaugural issue of the IJW announces the 6th World Wilderness Congress (Bangalore, India 1997), and an editorial welcome by John C. Hendee, the managing editor of the Journal. He states the vision of the journal as “an international voice integrating the wilderness and wild-land concerns of scientists, planner, managers, educators and citizen environmentalists, worldwide.” This issue also includes an article by Dr. Ian Player, founder of WILD, in which he tells the story of his friend and mentor Magqubu Ntombela’s words that prompted Ian to start the World Wilderness Congress and the organizations that now form The Wilderness Network. Other features of the inaugural issue include:
- Finland’s Wilderness
- Fire and Wilderness
- Fish Stocking in Wilderness
- Outward Bound and Wilderness