This issue of the IJW focuses on Alaska, in preparation for the 8th World Wilderness Congress (Anchorage, 2005). Some of the topics covered are how subsistence lifestyles, inholdings and ANILCA impact wilderness stewardship issues, the five most significant threats to Alaska’s wilderness, commentary on the character and soul of northern and arctic wilderness areas. Jon Kohl provides a stewardship article on the history of zoos as conservation centers, and calls for zoos to focus more on conservation instead of animal exhibition. Other topics include:

  • Managing Alaska’s Wilderness
  • Native People and Wilderness
  • Education Programs at the Wrangell Mountains Center
  • South Africa’s uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park

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TABLE of CONTENTS

FEATURES

EDITORIAL PERSPECTIVES The Wilderness and People of Alaska Welcome 8th World Wilderness Congress Delegates in 2005 BY ALAN E. WATSON

SOUL OF THE WILDERNESS A Taste of the North: Voices from the Wilderness about the Wilderness Character of Alaska COMPILED BY ALAN E. WATSON, KATIE KNEESHAW and BRIAN GLASPELL

STEWARDSHIP

Wilderness in a Changing Alaska: Managing for Resilience BY F. STUART CHAPIN, III, LAURA HENRY, and LA’ONA DEWILDE

Alaska’s Big Five: Significant Threats to Wilderness Resources BY NICOLE WHITTINGTON-EVANS

Subsistence, Inholdings, and ANILCA: The Complexity of Wilderness Stewardship in Alaska BY RANDY J. TANNER

Zoos Behind the Wild Facade BY JON KOHL

SCIENCE and RESEARCH

The Relationship between Qikiktagrugmiut (Kotzebue Tribal Members) and the Western Arctic Parklands, Alaska, United States BY ALEX WHITING

Montane Lake Research Program BY ROLAND A. KNAPP

PERSPECTIVES FROM THE ALDO LEOPOLD WILDERNESS RESEARCH INSTITUTE The Wilderness Stewardship Reference System BY PETER LANDRES

EDUCATION and COMMUNICATION

“A Minor Accomplishment” Roald Amundsen’s Classic Alaskan Trek BY JIM GLOVER

The Wrangell Mountains Center’s College Field Program: Student-Faculty Groups Engage Alaska Wilderness Issues in Rugged Terrain BY BENJAMIN A. SHAINE

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

South Africa’s uKhanlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site Celebrates 30 Years of Wilderness BY SONJA KRUGER and JOHN CROWSON

WILDERNESS DIGEST

Announcements and Wilderness Calendar

Book Reviews
Making Sense of Intractable Environmental Conflicts: Concepts and Cases EDITED BY R.J. LEWICKI, B. GRAY, and M. ELLIOTT, REVIEW BY JOANNA KAFAROWSKI