Wildlands Policy

This section of the website will include issues of wilderness planning and management (an oxymoron in itself, I think), focusing primarily but not exclusively on the Wrangell-St. Elias area. It will also explore the meanings and contradictions of preserving “wildness.”

Much of my related recent work has been around planning for the National Historic Landmark at Kennecott, where I live in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. For some of us who live in the park and for most visitors, Kennecott is where the wild and the human touch and interleave. While Kennecott does not involve all wilderness issues, it does some. Friends of Kennecott, for which I am president, maintains a library of Kennecott policy planning documents on its website.

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An ongoing inquiry into change and stability in nature, politics and ourselves, by Ben Shaine