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Fifty years of research in Wilderness Areas

Date: October 14, 2015

Understanding the “wild” in Wilderness


Background

Canoeing in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area
Canoeing in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area
The August 2014 International Journal of Wilderness featured six major articles including:1) an overview article on the history of Wilderness science; 2) article on social science (responding to changes in society, policy, and the environment); 3) the contributions of natural fire management to Wilderness fire science; 4) the history of Wilderness economics; 5) the University of Leeds Wilderness Research Institute; and finally, 6) an international perspective on 50 years of Wilderness science.

Key Findings

  • International Journal of Wilderness is an important venue for sharing science and management solutions.

  • Research has developed many approaches to managing burgeoning recreational use.

  • Science has helped understand society-level values and how these have changed overtime.

  • Many studies help address conflict among user groups in Wilderness.

  • Much of what we understand about fire ecology comes from observations of natural fires in several wilderness areas.

Hikers in the Lost Coast Wilderness in California
Hikers in the Lost Coast Wilderness in California
Wildfire in Montana’s Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, Montana
Wildfire in Montana’s Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Publications

Bowker, J.M., Cordell, H. Ken, Poudyal, Neelam C. 2014. Valuing Values: A History of Wilderness Economics. International Journal of Wilderness 20(2) 26-33 http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/48057

 

Featured Publications

Carver, Steve ; McCool, Steve ; Krenova, Zdenka ; Fisher, Mark ; Woodley, Stephen. , 2014


Principal Investigators: 
Forest Service Partners: 
Ken Cordell, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute (ALWRI)-retired (Principal Investigator)
David Cole, ALWRI-retired (Principal Investigator)
Mike Bowker, Southern Research Station (Principal Investigator)
External Partners: 
Steve Carver, University of Leeds, UK
Neelam Poudyal, University of Georgia Athens