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Unmanaged Landscapes : Voices For Untamed Nature - William B. Willers

Unmanaged Landscapes

Voices For Untamed Nature

By: William B. Willers (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9781559636933
Number Of Pages: 264

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The idea that humans can effectively "manage" nature -- that we can successfully manipulate and control our environment to meet our needs and satisfy our desires -- is almost universally accepted in today's society. While we may be aware that nearly all significant environmental problems are caused by human actions, we remain convinced that the key to solving these problems is "better management."In Unmanaged Landscapes, editor Bill Willers brings together an insightful and thought-provoking selection of writings that challenge that assumption. Written between the mid-nineteenth century and the late 1990s, the pieces range from two paragraphs written in response to an exam question to tightly reasoned philosophical arguments. They offer the thoughts, stories, and analysis of scientists, journalists, philosophers, historians, educators, and others who have considered the effects and implications of "resource management," and have found themselves in favor of keeping some landscapes free from human interference.The collection is divided into three sections: one that focuses on biology and ecology, one that examines the idea of wildness from the standpoint of human society and its economic concerns, and a third that considers philosophical and spiritual aspects of wildness. Featured are works from leading environmental thinkers including Rachel Carlson, George Wuerthner, Joanna Macy, Paul Shepard, David Orr, John Burroughs, David Ehrenfeld, Arne Naess, Bill McKibben, Donald Worster, Carolyn Merchant, Rick Bass, and many others.As Willers explains in his introduction, "If wildness and wild creatures are to survive on Earth, so then must unmanaged landscapes, for they are the fountainheads of the wildness that Henry Thoreau taught is the preservation of the world. They are the blank spots on the map longed for by Aldo Leopold." Unmanaged Landscapes presents a compelling argument for protecting and restoring that wildness.

Introductionp. 1
Wildness and Biologyp. 5
The Question of Managementp. 7
The Nature We Have Lostp. 10
Is it Un-Biocentric to Manage?p. 22
Ecology and Revolutionary Thoughtp. 26
Man's Place in Naturep. 31
Antelopep. 34
The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Gamep. 38
The Balance of Naturep. 48
Tsitika to Baram: The Myth of Sustainabilityp. 52
Toward a Science of Letting Things Bep. 56
Making Humans Part of the Solution: A Reply to Willersp. 58
Ecocentrism versus Management: A Reply to Blumsteinp. 61
Down From the Pedestal - A New Role for Expertsp. 62
Some Thoughts on Ecological Planningp. 64
A Question and Two Answersp. 65
What Do We Really Want From the Woods?p. 67
Wildness and Human Societyp. 71
Killing Wildernessp. 73
Resources Everywherep. 81
Bureaucracy and Wilderness (The Grand Design)p. 83
A Wilderness Bill of Rightsp. 102
Travels with Seldomp. 103
The Stone Galleryp. 112
Economic Naturep. 113
Work in Progressp. 130
The End of Naturep. 132
The Forest of Forgettingp. 135
Waldenp. 144
A Letter for Montana Wildernessp. 144
Future Madnessp. 155
The Good Newsp. 159
Wildness, Philosophy, and Spiritualityp. 161
The Stranger's Waysp. 163
Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New Englandp. 164
Man and Naturep. 170
Wild Woolp. 173
Wilderness: A Human Needp. 173
The Autonomy of Wild Naturep. 175
Eco-Interestsp. 179
The Wilderness Idea Reaffirmedp. 179
The Saving Wildnessp. 184
Anthropocentrismp. 188
The Myths We Live Byp. 192
Ways of Naturep. 194
Faking Naturep. 194
A Platform of the Deep Ecology Movementp. 208
The Grace of the Wildp. 209
The Imagination of the Earthp. 211
Our Life as Gaiap. 220
About the Editorp. 225
About the Contributorsp. 227
Acknowledgment of Sourcesp. 233
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9781559636933
ISBN-10: 1559636939
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: ISLAND PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57