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Concepts of Wilderness:
NPS Photos from left to right: Tour bus at Denali National Park,
a national park researcher,
two bicyclists enjoy the beauty of Denali.
For Westerners, the term "wilderness"
derives from the Anglo-Saxon word "wilddeoren" and, later, the Old English
"wildernesse." Both words translate roughly as "place of wild
Native American cultures had a different
"take" on wilderness. There was no word for wilderness; there was only
Have you ever visited an area that has been
designated as Wilderness or that you think of as wilderness? How do you define
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