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Scaling-up the minimum requirements analysis for big wilderness issuesAuthor(s): David N. Cole
Source: International Journal of Wilderness 13(1): 8-12.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThe concept of applying a "minimum requirements" analysis to decisions about administrative actions in wilderness in the United States has been around for a long time. It comes from Section 4(c) of the Wilderness Act of 1964, which states that "except as necessary to meet minimum requirements for the administration of the area for the purposes of this Act there shall be no temporary road, no use of motor vehicles, motorized equipment or motorboats, no landing of aircraft, no other form of mechanical transport, and no structure or installation within any such area." The concept interjects the notions of flexibility and compromise, suggesting that wilderness purposes might on occasion be best served by allowing generally prohibited uses. However, it is clear that such allowances should be the minimum necessary to achieve the purposes of the Wilderness Act.
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CitationCole, David N. 2007. Scaling-up the minimum requirements analysis for big wilderness issues. International Journal of Wilderness 13(1): 8-12.
Keywordsminimum requirements" analysis, Wilderness Act of 1964, wilderness stewardship, hemlock, whitebark pine
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