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The Wildlands Project: its Method and Agenda

abstract1 (full description below): Sustaining Natural Resources in Global Contexts. The University of Montana School of Forestry 1996 Plum Creek Lecture Series
The Wildlands Project. PDF/Acrobat file     SoulĂ©, M. E.

There are many reasons to protect creation, to protect life on earth. There are obviously utilitarian or instrumental values in nature. We rely on nature for food and fiber and many other commodities. There is also the intrinsic value of nature. One could give a lecture on the differences between intrinsic and utilitarian values, a subject I know many forestry students are forced to absorb during their ethics class. Here are my views, then, about the importance of our public lands and all of the nature that is included in those lands in North America and the world. I have come to the conclusion that the major function of the US Forest Service and the National Park Service is to protect, is to preserve the American spirit from the rot of urban consumerism.