analytical Essay
2140 words
2140 words

The idea of wilderness - untouched and pristine - is at the core of the American experience. Wilderness is a sanctuary to wildlife and a legacy for future generations, offering an opportunity for recreation and reflection. Many people liken immersing one’s self in nature to be a euphoric, almost religious experience. Spending time in the wilderness can be an important escape for many Americans, providing an opportunity to be one with nature. Not only is there inherent beauty to the wilderness itself, and the things in it, but there is also a significant amount of cultural and historical depth to wilderness. Especially to Native Americans, wilderness holds so much more than just an escape; wilderness represents their entire way of life. According to Matthew Preston, the relationship between biodiversity and culture are intimately linked. Therefore, the eradication of wilderness is destroying two very important things: the magnificence of the wilderness itself, and the cultural value of the biodiversity within this wilderness. Protecting wilderness is our ethical responsibility, both for the sake of Native American culture, and for our own sake. By allowing wilderness to be destroyed, humans are allowing natural beauty, and an entire culture, to be annihilated. Despite this responsibility, wilderness is constantly under attack. As global population growth continues to grow, more and more pressure is being placed on wilderness as a result of increased demand for natural resources, along with the land that these resources rest on. In light of these fragmenting habitats and human pressures via development, conservation of wilderness and Native American culture has become increasingly challenging. Amongst scholars, there is much debate ... ... middle of paper ... to preserve and maintain parks and monuments under its jurisdiction, and does so under the rationale that these sites hold intrinsic value. The NPS clearly demonstrates its dedication to this mission through its protection of existing National Parks and monuments via park rangers, tax incentives/grants, and the education it provides regarding living together with nature. However, until recently the NPS has had a very negative relationship with Native American tribes. While the motive of removal of inhabitants from parklands was in the interest of land preservation, it was accompanied by intense racism. Natives’ rights were neglected in satisfying the public interest for the land. Even those who saw Native Americans as living symbiotically with the land, it was often accompanied by a popular belief that Indians were savage and drastically inferior to white people.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the idea of wilderness is at the core of the american experience. the relationship between biodiversity and culture is intimately linked.
  • Analyzes how fernando villalba discusses the importance of integrating native americans wilderness conservation efforts.
  • Argues that conservation and culture are linked, and that working with native americans to conserve wilderness is ethically responsible.
  • Analyzes how villalba illustrates the positive effects of including native americans in conservation efforts, but todd tisdale paints a very different picture of native american's involvement.
  • Analyzes how matthew preston's article connects the impact of specific, culturally significant, animal extinctions, to conservationists' need to include culture in the conservation equation.
  • Analyzes how hyojung cho discusses the relationship native americans share with the u.s. government, and the political dynamics of indian policy developments within a twenty year span.
  • Analyzes how andrew george provides excellent policy analysis of the national forest management in the united states, and how changes in policy have affected all u.s. citizens' ability to participate in management.
  • Argues that conservation of wilderness encompasses all things of cultural significance, including the environment and animals dwelling within it, and that native american tribes should be involved in conservation efforts.
  • Explains that the national park service is an agency of the united states federal government responsible for managing all national parks, many national monuments, and other sites of historical significance located in the us.
  • Explains that the nps has roughly 400 national parks in the united states, all of which are maintained and protected by a collective of volunteers and full-time park rangers.
  • Explains that the nps promotes outdoor recreation in its system of national parks through their website and on-site courses. this encourages sustainable living and an awareness of the impacts human life has on the environment.
  • Explains the extent to which the nps meets its mission is measured through the number of existing national recreation trails and properties registered in the national register of historic places.
  • Argues that the nps's primary goal is to preserve and maintain parks and monuments under its jurisdiction, and does so under the rationale that these sites hold intrinsic value.
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