This issue of the journal celebrates a successful 10 years of publication. Several articles in this issue address the character of wild-nature, and the meaning and value of primitive experiences of solitude in wild-nature. How can we manage for wilderness experiences? Mary Wagner contributes a stewardship article on the US Forest Service’s commitment to Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers. Following the article is an interview with Mary Wagner. F. Patrick Holmes and Walter E. Hecox address the important question: Does Wilderness Impoverish Rural Regions? Other topics include:

  • Monitoring Wilderness Character
  • Wilderness Stewardship
  • Economic Conditions Near Wilderness
  • Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

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TABLE of CONTENTS

FEATURES

EDITORIAL PERSPECTIVES The International Journal of Wilderness Ten Years Behind and Ten Years Ahead! BY JOHN C. HENDEE

SOUL OF THE WILDERNESS Human Relationships with Wilderness: The Fundamental Definition of Wilderness Character BY ALAN E. WATSON

STEWARDSHIP

Developing Indicators to Monitor the “Outstanding Opportunities” Quality of Wilderness Character BY PETER LANDRES

Monitoring Outstanding Opportunities for Solitude BY CHAD P. DAWSON

Wilderness Character and the Notion of an “Unconfined” Experience BY STEPHEN F. McCOOL

Why Primitive Experiences in Wilderness? BY BILL BORRIE

Managing for Primitive Recreation in Wilderness BY JOSEPH W. ROGGENBUCK

Wilderness Experiences: What Should We Be Managing For? BY DAVID N. COLE

Monitoring Wilderness Conditions in the Green Mountain National Forest BY KEN NORDEN

Renewing Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River Stewardship in the U.S. Forest Service BY MARY WAGNER

SCIENCE and RESEARCH

Does Wilderness Impoverish Rural Regions? BY F. PATRICK HOLMES and WALTER E. HECOX

PERSPECTIVES FROM THE ALDO LEOPOLD WILDERNESS RESEARCH INSTITUTE Travel Simulation Modeling: An Emerging Tool for Visitor Management in Wilderness BY DAVID N. COLE

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Wilderness in the Ruaha National Park, Tanzania BY MGG MTAHIKO

WILDERNESS DIGEST

Announcements and Wilderness Calendar

Letter to the Editor
Telling the Truth about Wilderness: A Call for Honesty

Book Reviews
Reconstructing Conservation: Finding Common Ground EDITED BY BEN MINTEER and ROBERT MANNING, REVIEWED BY JOHN SHULTIS

Discovering Eden BY ALEX HALL, REVIEWED BY PATRICK MAHER