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Nature_and_Environment.56

Wilderness

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{Nature_and_Environment.56.1}: James River Martin {rivertree} Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:35:22 CDT (21 lines)

I just returned from "car-camping" (not backpacking) in what I later
learned was designated wilderness (Chama River Canyon Wilderness -
"http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?
fuse=NWPS&sec=wildView&wname=Chama%20River%20Canyon%20Wilderness"

There was evidence of cattle grazing in this delicate area with
little-to-no topsoil and a very low annual precipitation. So I
thought to find out just what "designated wilderness" is. It isn't
what I had previously thought. Some wilderness areas
were "wilderness" (roadless, mineless, non-grazed, etc.) when they
were declared, but, surprisingly to me, mining, grazing, and other
high-ish impact activities can continue in some designated wilderness
areas.

http://www.wilderness.net/index.cfm?fuse=NWPS&sec=manageIssues




Should we treat designated wildnerness differently than we presently
do?

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