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Between wilderness and the middle landscape: A rocky road

Informally Refereed
Authors: Lisi Krall
Year: 2007
Type: Proceedings (P)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
Source: In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 134-140

Abstract

Wilderness preservation, as one branch of conservation, demonstrates a decidedly different cultural ethos than the utilitarian branch. Thus, preservation and utilitarian conservation represent different habits of thought fermenting in the cask of l9th century economic evolution. More specifically, the utilitarian branch of conservation can easily be viewed as an extension and adaptation of the agrarian habit of thought. The agrarian ethos is an attitude of the middle landscape, a place of pastoral and agrarian harmony—a place not industrialized, but not wild, where humans have been able to control nature and reach a seemingly harmonious relationship with the natural world under millennia of domestication. It found new validation and definition in the United States during the l9th and 20th centuries, specifically in the utilitarian branch of conservation.

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Keywords

wilderness, biodiversity, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values

Citation

Krall, Lisi. 2007. Between wilderness and the middle landscape: A rocky road. In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 134-140
https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/treesearch/31020