What is Wilderness? What Does it Mean for You?

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Dave Warnack, District Ranger, Smokey Bear Ranger District, Lincoln National Forest tells what Wilderness means to him and the value of it’s preservation for future generations.


What is wilderness? Surely it is more than legislation or boundary lines on a map.  Legislation itself, however, contains some clues and guidance about the purposes and characteristics of wilderness.  This video explains how the Wilderness Act in the United States has profoundly preserved God’s creation for everyone to enjoy. It allows for spiritual and primitive experiences in a rapidly developing world full of social pressures. There is so much more to add to this conversation. If you want to hear about the biblical worldview of wilderness and why every person needs it, you can read: Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory, and Practice.

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