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Does wilderness have intrinsic value To begin analyzing the pro side of this issue we need to first define the word wilderness and then define the word intrinsic Authors philosophers and preservationists have long struggled to define wilderness For some it is a concept a state of mind or an opportunity For many wilderness is best described as a place where nature and its forces work undisturbed by human activities Wilderness areas are generally larger than 5000 acres and have retained their primeval character In the US there are over 100 million acres of federal land designated Wilderness by Congressional legislation Even in todays dictionaries wilderness is defined as uncultivated and otherwise undeveloped land The absence of men and the absence of wild animals is a common modern-day perception The word also designated other non-human environments such as the sea and more recently outer space The usual dictionary meaning of wilderness implies hostility on mans part but the term has also developed positive meanings On one hand wilderness is inhospitable alien mysterious and threatening On the other beautiful friendly and capable of elevating and delighting us Nash Today some define wilderness as a sanctuary in which those in need of consolation can find respite from the pressures of civilization Bob Marshall champion for wilderness demanded an area so large that it could not be traversed without mechanical means in a single day Aldo Leopold wilderness visionary set his standard as an areas ability to absorb a two weeks pack trip A century-old movement to protect wild country reached its peak moments in time with the creation of a National Wilderness Preservation System passed into law by Congress as the Wilderness Act of 1964 According to its authors the Wilderness Act defined wilderness in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man where man himself is
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