Matches made in the wilderness, in the name of science

Of one thing we can be certain, dismally certain: With each passing day, there is less wilderness, both the officially proclaimed wilderness and the not-protected-but-still-wild kind. The culprit, of course, is the human growth machine. It’s not hard for today’s conservationists to realize what Ed Abbey would think and say if he were to see North America today, whether the land of his home state of Pennsylvania or the sprawling exurbs wrecking the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Some recent wilderness literature can be read here.

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