The Wilderness Idea
The wilderness idea rose from an individual, and then subsequently collective human idea that observed the natural world and witnessed extraordinary beauties and values. Likewise, also having an understanding that the ambitions of modern humanity were also set on course to eventually eliminate all wilderness like regions, and thus, all the natural beauty on the earth…
Eventually this led to the Wilderness Idea, or the concept that we must preserve some of the land space on earth, in a natural and ecologically intact condition. Lands free from the interference of modern human ambitions, tools, structures, and alterations.
Not all those whom contributed to the wilderness idea could be recorded in history and remembered today, but various examples from the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, to John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Bob Marshall made well-known and important contributions to the evolution of the American wilderness idea.