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What is Wilderness?

Wilderness has a formal definition, but beyond that, for many people, wilderness holds a special place in the heart and mind. Click the links on the left to learn the many ways that wilderness benefits the individual as well as our society, at large. Find the many uses of wilderness — uses that span from personal solitude to social benefits like clean air and water, healthy wildlife populations and a protected cultural legacy. And read one man's perspective on wilderness as multiple use.

Check out this great wilderness video from the National Park Service.

Limestone formation at Whipple Cave

Dripstone formation at Whipple Cave in the Far South Egan Range © Alvin McLane

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