Natural Resources

Fall 2011 Natural Resources Law Class at UB

Does the very presence of people in the wilderness mean that its not wilderness anymore? October 20, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — justinemmiller @ 5:31 am

I thought about this discussion in class in the context of my outdoor experiences. I had always thought of canoeing and camping and to be “low impact” activities on the environment, however when thought about in a larger context, they probably do affect plant and animal life.

But, if human presence means that it isnt “wilderness” anymore, then humans cant really experience wilderness at all.

I know to me it sure seems like wilderness paddling down a creek or camping in the woods, but really is it?

I think it depends on the extent of the human activity in the area, and the density of the people, but that is just my opinion.

It could be that  I am just reluctant to admit that just by being there I am messing it up somehow.

I guess wilderness must be a more relative idea than I realized in the past.

Our personal definitions probably depend on how “deep” into the wilderness we’ve gone before.

 

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One Response to “Does the very presence of people in the wilderness mean that its not wilderness anymore?”

  1. Kristen Cushman-Smith Says:

    Good Morning,

    I agree, our discussion in class was very vague. I mean I haven’t been to many wilderness areas but I had a thought, that we are animals too, at the most basic level. Every animal leaves a little mark on the physical areas it comes in contact with but maybe the “wilderness” is where animals including us are attempting to leave as little a mark as possible?


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