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Would ecological landscape restoration make the Bandelier Wilderness more or less of a wilderness?

Wild Earth

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Abstract

Is it appropriate to intervene in designated wilderness areas that have been "untrammeled by man" and, as a result, no longer retain their "primeval character and influence" as called for in the 1964 Wilderness Act? We explore this wilderness management dilemma - whether we can or should actively manage wilderness conditions to restore and protect wilderness and other values - by asking a series of questions relating to a wilderness area that is no longer "natural." Debate on this issue is not new, but is intensifying, since most wilderness areas in the continental United States are not pristine and ecosystem research has shown that conditions in many are deteriorating. Our case-study is a proposed large-scale project to restore pinon-juniper woodlands in the Bandelier Wilderness, which comprises more than 23,000 acres in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Would ecological landscape restoration make the Bandelier Wilderness more or less of a wilderness?
Series title:
Wild Earth
Volume:
10
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
Earth First!
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
8 p.
First page:
83
Last page:
90
Country:
United States
State:
New Mexico
Other Geospatial:
Bandelier Wilderness