Some Americans still live in close proximity to wilderness and spend most of their lives connected to it in one way or another. But most of us do not. For us, wilderness is a place to return when we can, however briefly and sporadically.
But we don't even need to visit in person to have the ability to transport ourselves to wilderness. In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold asked: “Is my share of Alaska worthless to me because I shall never go there?”
I love Ed Abbey’s indirect response to this question in Desert Solitaire: “I may never in my life get to Alaska, for example, but I am grateful that it’s there. We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope.”
This is what Wallace Stegner had in mind when he wrote his famous Wilderness Letter in 1960. "What I want to speak for is not so much the wilderness uses, valuable as those are, but the wilderness idea, which is a resource in itself.”Read More