Thursday, December 31, 2015

Is There Such a Thing as Wilderness Anymore?

What exactly is wilderness, and is there any left? This question and many others are posed by an insightful new book, Satellites In The High Country.

Is there such a thing as wilderness anymore?

By: Jaymi Heimbuch
December 27, 2015, 10:03 a.m.

Recently I sat down with a book that within a chapter or two had me reanalyzing that every opinion I hold about what nature is, what wilderness is and what we can, can't, should and shouldn't do to our planet. This book is "Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man" by Jason Mark.

To most conservationists, there's nothing more sacred than wilderness and no act more honorable than to preserve and protect it. But what exactly is wilderness? Is there a way to use it that is of benefit to both humans and the environment? Mark goes looking for answers, searching out any remnants of untouched wilderness, exploring the various sides of controversial projects that help or hinder the health of an ecosystem, unraveling this oddly complicated relationship we have with trying to micromanage wilderness in an effort to perpetuate it and celebrating wilderness's wily ability to escape even our most valiant efforts to contain it.

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