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The Dilemmas of Managing America's Wilderness

Reunion Weekend 2013


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Chris Brown '68, former director of Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers for the U.S. Forest Service, will speak on wilderness as place, experience and metaphor, foundational to the American landscape and our national psyche. One hundred ten million acres – 4 percent of the nation’s land base – are federally designated wilderness, and many millions more acres are wild lands. “Managing wilderness lands” is a paradoxical phrase, as these lands are supposed to be where the hand of man is least visible. Yet to insure that they stay wild requires some intervention. We will explore, through case examples, the dilemma for the wilderness manager who is trying to avoid intrusive management actions while meeting goals and legal requirements to “keep wilderness wild.” Presented by the Class of 1968.