This was a great article posted in Orion Magazine honoring the 50th anniversary of both the Wilderness Act and the Civil Rights Act - http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/8275
Segregating wilderness from people creates permission to deforest and devalue the landscape where people are allowed to “remain” while falsely defining the remote landscape as “pristine.” Desegregating the wilderness requires not only the laws that forbid discrimination but also the reintegration of nearby wilderness where people live.
Now largely white organizations and agencies are grappling with the dilemma of a segregated wilderness by working feverishly to get urban people out to remote places—because people will not protect what they have not enjoyed. But what if wilderness zigzagged through areas where urban people live? Then accessing the wilderness in our daily lives could be more tangible than wild shadows cast by memory.
Deb Kleinman, MPH
Model Forest Policy Program
As part of the 7th Annual Northwest tribal Water Rights Conference CWA is hosting Stoecker Ecological and Felt Soul Media’s award-winning documentary, DamNation, to the Pioneer School House (437 E. 3rd Ave.) in Anchorage, Alaska on October 9. Doors open at 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm. Presented by Patagonia, DamNation, tells the story of the 20th century dam building boom in the Lower 48 and explores the growing effort to remove dams that have negative impacts on fish, and the growing awareness that America’s future is bound to the life and health of free-flowing rivers.