The Week in Review for today's New York Times contains an article on remaining wilderness areas within the United States as well as the problems they face. Pollution, overgrazing (by cattle or deer), and housing developments are only some of the challenges. Bush's repeal of Clinton's roadless rule for certain wild areas does not help the situation. A map of development versus wilderness across the lower 48 states is particularly interesting. Most wilderness is in the west, while the east is almost solidly developed, with a few small exceptions like the Adirondacks in New York. This short piece is worth a look.
Sunday, July 31, 2005