Which Way is the Wilderness?

Oh, yes.  It’s just too dangerous out there and people could get hurt!  We need more signs so folks don’t get lost!  The wilderness is a scary place–please protect us!  Or. . .an individual takes responsibility to not do stupid things and then whine to be rescued.

Over the decades an obvious contradiction has emerged between preservation and access. As the Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management — each of which claims jurisdiction over different wilderness areas — adopted stricter interpretations of the act, they forbade signs, baby strollers, certain climbing tools and carts that hunters use to carry game.

As a result, the agencies have made these supposedly open recreational areas inaccessible and even dangerous, putting themselves in opposition to healthy and environmentally sound human-powered activities, the very thing Congress intended the Wilderness Act to promote.

Aw, Wilderness (NYT)

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About Chris Highland

Author, teacher, nonprofit manager, photographer, former minister, interfaith chaplain View all posts by Chris Highland

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