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Michael Olwyler

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Can wild-ness survive in a world with people?

Is wild-ness an unplanned, un-managed environment?

At what point did Homo sapiens begin carving away wild-ness?

Around the world, governments have defined and instituted protected area wildernesses in national parks, forests and preserves. Is it possible to have wilderness without wild-ness?

How deep into wilderness would a wolf have to travel before he would find that wild-ness holds sway?

Explanations of your views and philosophy of what wild-ness is and is not might help in understanding how to preserve local ecosystems and protected areas around the globe for the benefit of all species on Earth.

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    Dec 3 2012: Michael, "wild-ness" can survive in a world with people, if the people are sensitive to the needs of the wild-ness.
    "Is wild-ness an unplanned, un-managed environment?"
    I would like to add 'un-encroached' to your definition.
    "At what point did Homo sapiens begin carving away wild-ness?"
    When Homo Sapiens started cutting trees.
    "Is it possible to have wilderness without wild-ness?"
    Wilderness is possible with or without "wild-ness". As you mentioned, there are examples of both around the world.
    "How deep into wilderness would a wolf have to travel before he would find that wild-ness holds sway?"
    I am unsure if we can gauge the distance without consulting the wolf :-)

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