Interpreting the Wilderness Act of 1964
Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review
The Wilderness Act of 1964 includes a definition of wilderness. The first sentence in the definition is probably the most frequently quoted sentence from the Act:
A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.1
Gordon Steinhoff, “Interpreting the Wilderness Act of 1964,” Missouri Environmental Law and Policy Review Summer 2010, v. 17(3), pp. 492-535.