This course will focus on eastern North America’s rich, living tradition of wildlands restoration and protection from the perspectives of history, science and policy. We will ground our thinking in the natural and cultural histories of the region and in the wilderness advocacy of prominent conservationists with roots in the northeastern North America. We will look briefly at the cultural contexts and public policy debates underlying establishment of: the Adirondack Forest Preserve, the nation’s first and best protected wilderness area, and the National Wilderness Preservation System. We will also consider recent launches of landscape-scale efforts to restore and protect vast wildland systems, including an exciting effort by Two Countries, One Forest, a network of Canadian and U.S. scientists and conservationists working to establish a functional system of connected wildlands in the Northern Appalachian eco-region—our home.
Social Science (SS)
One environmental course at 100 level, junior standing