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.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 1984 Westview Encore Reprint Edition -- Prologue A Navigational Perspective -- Wilderness Values -- What Is Wilderness? -- An American Happening -- The Cultural Heritage in Wilderness -- A Scientific Resource -- A Place for Wild Animals, Wild Plants -- Recreation for Everyone -- ... But Not Everyone at Once -- Saving The Wilderness -- Saving Wilderness by Law— The Ancient Creed -- Saving Wilderness by Law— The Ultimate Showdown -- Hearing the People’s Case -- Any Wilderness in the East? -- Beyond the Wilderness Act -- Epilogue Where the Battle Begins -- Text of the Wilderness Act -- Interpretation of the Wilderness Act*