Wilderness Ethics: Preserving the Spirit of Wildness

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The Countryman Press, 1993 - Nature - 239 pages

In February 2000 Guy Waterman died in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In recognition of the renewed interest in his life and work, The Countryman Press is proud to reissue this classic text, with a new appreciation of her late husband by Laura Waterman.

In this environmental call to action, Laura and Guy Waterman look beyond preserving the ecology of the backcountry to focus on what they call its spiritual dimension--its fragile, untamed wildness. "Without some management, wildness cannot survive the number of people who seek to enjoy it," they write. "But with too much management, or the wrong kind, we can destroy the spiritual component of wildness in our zeal to preserve its physical side." Trailside huts and lodges, large groups seeking "wilderness experiences," federal and state regulations, and technology such as radios, cell phones, global positioning devices, and emergency helicopters, all have an impact on our experience. With humor and insight, the Watermans explore these difficult wilderness management issues. They ask us to evaluate the impact that even "environmentally conscious" values have on the wilderness experience, and to ask the question: What are we trying to preserve?
 

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These complementary works by the Watermans, dedicated New England hikers and climbers, address the paradox that those who enjoy the wilderness most can be its most dangerous destroyers. When ... Read full review

Contents

An Appreciation
ix
Foreword by Roderick Frazier Nash
xii
Acknowledgments
xv
SOMETHING MORE THAN TREES AND ROCKS
17
Fays Quandary
18
What Are We Trying to Preserve?
24
What Is the Wild?
30
The Spiritual Side of Wild
35
The Future of Melville Cascades
93
Trails and Wildness
99
MACHINES AMOK IN THE GARDEN
105
Scott Hillary and Ma Bell
106
Radio and Wildness
112
24
135
30
144
IV
161

Values in Conflict in the Backcountry
42
Why the Lorax Lost 35 18 1 2 3 4 5 6
54
RESPECT FOR THE MYSTERY
61
Large Parties and Wildness
62
Exploitation by Any Other Name
73
Slouching toward Lake Wietelmann
81
Guidebooks and Wildness
87
The Polar Bear Within
219
Selected Bibliography
229
42
233
99
235
106
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112
237
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About the author (1993)

Laura Waterman is co-author of several books with her husband, Guy. She lives near their original homestead in Vermont.

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