“I’m prepared to say, here and now, that we should touch nothing more in the lower 48… What has been left alone should be left alone permanently” (226).
Brower’s conversations bring to light radically different views of wilderness. Where do you stand on this “thorny” issue? What is the value of wilderness? As you think through your position, you may want to consider the following: Is preserving wilderness of crucial importance, or is setting tracts of wild land aside a “terrible mistake”? What would we lose without wilderness? Would it matter if we had none?