By Neil Woodworth
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
Wilderness isn’t a commodity to be traded. It’s an idea of raw and organic landscapes unscarred by human machination. When the word wilderness is spoken our minds picture dense forests and open savannahs that evoke a sense of mystery and a desire to explore. It is a glimpse of the world without anthropomorphic disruption. It is freedom incarnate. True wilderness is perhaps impossible to attain in an age of human pervasiveness but that is all the more reason to pursue it tenaciously.
Sadly it is quickly becoming a foreign concept. It is disappearing at a rate of 38 football fields per minute. However, the concept of wilderness is essential and inseparable from the idea of a place being called Forever Wild.