What is Wilderness For?
The Highlands Voice
West Virginia Highlands Conservancy
As most everybody learns, nature is vital to our physical wellbeing. For one thing, it sustains the balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen in the atmosphere. For another, it holds medically useful molecular compounds, preventives and cures to be discovered in centuries ahead. At the same time, few learn that wild nature, or wilderness, especially when experienced in solitude, is vital to society’s creative well-being. One source of support for this is my research into the credos of notable creators, as written in their published diaries, journals, letters, and memoirs.
H. C. Romesburg. April, 2002. What is Wildnerness For? The Highlands Voice. 35(4):8.