Wilderness has and continues to have very different meanings for various groups of people. The "dilemma" occurs because some special interest groups want to "tame" and use wilderness resources while others demand a "hands-off" preservation policy. To cope with these two extremes, government agencies have enacted a series of regulations and laws. Private citizens have banded together to work for suitable wilderness policies. This book examines all aspects of the complex wilderness question including legislation, water rights and mineral exploration.
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Corry McDonald was active in New Mexico wilderness preservation efforts for over thirty years. His book, "Wilderness: A New Mexico Legacy" also published by Sunstone Press, was widely praised by national reviewers and was selected as one of the best current American books reflecting national life, history and culture by the English-Speaking Union.