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#ForewordFriday: Let It Be Edition

Buttermilk Falls in Adirondack Park, NY. Photo by Jeff Moore, used under Creative Commons licensing. Buttermilk Falls in Adirondack Park, NY. Photo by Jeff Moore, used under Creative Commons licensing.

We've been thinking about wilderness areas thanks to our series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, so we wanted to bring you an excerpt from Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Change, edited by David Cole and Laurie Yung. In this collection of essays, scientists and policymakers offer insights into the past and future of the outdoor places we value so much. The chapter below asks what happens if we simply let them be.