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Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Seventh World Wilderness Congress symposium; 2001 November 2-8; Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
The Seventh World Wilderness Congress met in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in 2001. The symposium on science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values was one of several symposia held in conjunction with the Congress.

Can metaphysical values protect mountain wildlands from development damage?

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
This paper addresses the question of whether spiritual, religious or cultural values held by humans for some wild mountain areas can protect these special places from developments that impair both these values and wild nature. The answer is sometimes yes, sometimes no, and sometimes a minimization of damage.

"Completely empowering": A qualitative study of the impact of technology on the wilderness experience in New Zealand

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Recent academic literature has expressed concern over the potential impact of the increasing types and levels of electronic (largely communication-related) technology brought by visitors into the wilderness. A key issue has been perceived changes in risktaking behavior by wilderness and backcountry users.

Valuing people in the landscape: Re-thinking conservation approaches

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
When Australian Governments committed to building a National Reserve System (NRS) for Australia in 1991 they didn't anticipate that some of the most important conservation gains were to be made on Indigenous owned land. An innovative Federal Government policy decision in 1996 to support Indigenous landowners to establish Indigenous Protected Areas (IPA# on their land provided a breakthrough in national conservation efforts.

Wildfire in the valley of the wild roses

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Santa Clara Indian Pueblo lands are adjacent to the Jemez National Forest, Bandelier National Monument and Valles Caldera National Preserve. This paper explores Pueblo vulnerability and resilience after repeated and devastating fires in this century as a result of drought and climate change.

Sacred hills of the Toda people of South India: A plea for world heritage status

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
Abstract-The Todas worship scores of hilltops where they believe their principal deities or clan-specific local gods reside. It is thus considered sacrilege even to point towards such a deity peak with one's finger. It is also no coincidence at all that the area in and around the Toda sacred-landscape, where their major hill deities are believed to reside, has come to constitute in recent times, the core of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

Wilderness, biodiversity, and human health

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
This paper illustrates how wilderness, biodiversity, and human health are intertwined. Proceeding from the assumption that humankind is part of, rather than apart from, nature, health is re-imagined as a dynamic relationship that can best be conceived in broad ecological terms. Health, from an ecological perspective, is a measure of the wellness of the individual and the ecosystem considered together.

Protecting public values on private lands in the state of Maine, USA

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
The State of Maine in the US is 94% privately owned, and is the most forested state in the country. Fifteen years ago, Maine ranked last among US eastern states in its percentage of land under conservation; today it ranks near the top. The Nature Conservancy and its many partners have achieved this extraordinary turn-around through a combination of bold acquisitions and strategic innovations.

Conservation easements in the Adirondack Park of New York state

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
The use of conservation easements to keep private lands undeveloped and protect open space and large scale landscapes has grown rapidly. The New York State Adirondack Park includes 2.5 million acres (1 million ha) of state owned land and 3 million acres (1.2 million ha) of private lands; over 781,000 acres (316,194 ha) of these private lands were under publicly held conservation easement by 2012.

Camdeboo-Mountain Zebra National Park Corridor: Opportunities for conservation and socio-economic development

Publications Posted on: October 06, 2015
The Wilderness Foundation, in partnership with South African National Parks has initiated a two year project in the Karoo; The Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo Corridor Project. Through either voluntary Contractual National Park or Protected Environment agreements, the project aims to work with, rather than displace, current conservation-compatible land-use practices such as ecotourism, livestock grazing and other sustainable resource use.