Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1986

Abstract

"The purpose of this symposium is not to debate either the concept of wilderness or the amount of wilderness appropriate for the United States. These are not debatable issues for present purposes. The Congress has spoken twice. The Wilderness Act of 1964 (PL 88-577) and the amendments of 1975, known as the "Eastern Wilderness Act" (PL 93-622), both set-aside existing areas as wilderness and established procedures for consideration of additions to the wilderness system. The purpose of this symposium is to consider the management of wilderness areas over time. In a very real sense, if those areas established as wilderness today deteriorate significantly over the next century, the people in the year 2085 A.D., and after, will probably blame the managers, not the good intentions of those who worked to have these areas set aside in the year 1985."

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