The Possibility of Managing for Wilderness

Environmental Ethics 31 (4):413-429 (2009)
Wilderness is often understood as land untouched by people. On this reading, wilderness management seems to be a simple contradiction, but it is in fact a thriving and functional practice. Wilderness is not simply an absence of human influence, but the presence of something else. Wilderness is land characterized by the flourishing of natural purpose. When this is understood, wilderness management becomes intelligible and several recent criticisms of wilderness preservation are defused
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DOI 10.5840/enviroethics200931444
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