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Environmental Law

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2014

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Wilderness Imperatives And Untrammeled Nature, Sandra Zellmer Jan 2014

Wilderness Imperatives And Untrammeled Nature, Sandra Zellmer

College of Law, Faculty Publications

Wilderness is often considered the epitome of naturalness – what nature ought to be. Indeed, in many ways, society, through its environmental laws, has prioritized the protection of wilderness over other areas of nature and other aspects of naturalness. We give our wilderness areas iconic names, like Delirium, Desolation, Devil’s Backbone, River of No Return, and Superstition, and we idealize themand treat them as something utterly unique and apart from our technology-ridden daily lives.

The nation’s preeminent wilderness statute, the Wilderness Act of 1964, is credited with significant preservation achievements. Over the years, the Act has remained remarkably robust ...


Wilderness Preserves: Still Relevant And Resilient After All These Years, Sandra Zellmer, John M. Anderies Jan 2014

Wilderness Preserves: Still Relevant And Resilient After All These Years, Sandra Zellmer, John M. Anderies

College of Law, Faculty Publications

This chapter explores the continuing relevance of preserving wilderness by preventing active human intervention. It concludes that the symbolic and ecological benefits of wilderness are as significant today as they were fifty years ago. Indeed, the importance of preserving wilderness areas will only increase as the climate changes. Land managers face complex challenges, however, when they are managing wilderness resources that are already degraded due to climate change or other human impacts and that may require intervention to prevent further degradation. Deciding whether and how to intervene with active management tools while maintaining the overarching “wild” values of wilderness is ...