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

U.S. Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-5
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Compiled by: David N. ColeStephan F. McCoolWilliam T. Borrie, and Jennifer O'Loughlin



The purpose of this paper is to foster discussion on the basic issue of whether it is appropriate or not to intervene in designated wilderness areas that have been “trammeled by man” and, as a result, no longer retain their “primeval character and influence.” 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 seven questions relating to a wilderness area that is no longer “natural.” (For the purposes of this discussion, “natural” is defined by words and phrases used in the 1964 Wilderness Act: “a community of life untrammeled by man”; “land retaining its primeval character and influence”; and or existing in an “unimpaired condition.”) 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. To facilitate dialog on this wilderness management topic we focus on a case-study of a proposed large-scale project to restore piñon-juniper woodlands in the Bandelier Wilderness, New Mexico.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Federal Government Series
Title Would ecological landscape restoration make the Bandelier Wilderness more or less of a wilderness?
Series title U.S. Forest Service Proceedings
Series number RMRS-P-15-VOL-5
Volume 5
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Publisher location Ogden, UT
Contributing office(s) Fort Collins Science Center
Description 17 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title Wilderness science in a time of change conference - Volume 5: Wilderness ecosystems, threats, and management (U.S. Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-5)
First page 209
Last page 215
Conference Title Wilderness Science in a Time of Change Conference
Conference Location Missoula, MT
Conference Date May 23-27, 1999
Country United States
State New Mexico
Other Geospatial Bandelier Wilderness
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