This book focuses on the principles of wilderness, exploring the actual and potential values of wilderness, its ecology, economics, the effect of human impact, and mechanisms to protect small, relatively untouched tracts in or near urban areas in the United States.
Part I: Wilderness Values 1. What Is Wilderness? 2. An American Happening 3. The Cultural Heritage in Wilderness 4. A Scientific Resource 5. A Place for Wild Animals, Wild Plants 6. Recreation for Everyone… 7. But Not Everyone at Once Part II: Saving the Wilderness 8. Saving Wilderness by Law—The Ancient Creed 9. Saving Wilderness by Law—The Ultimate Showdown 10. Hearing the People's Case 11. Any Wilderness in the East? 12. Beyond the Wilderness Act 13. Epilogue: Where the Battle Begins