Alexis portrait
  • Expedition: Jun 19 - Jul 14, 2000
  • Alexis
  • Environmental Science Academy
  • Yosemite National Park

Many Wilderness scholars, historians, and managers are concerned that our increasingly multi-cultural society might not value wilderness in the future since most of the people that visit and work in wild places are European-American. Please respond to this concern from your own perspective. .

THIS CONCERN about how diverse the people are who visit the wilderness should in a way be researched. My family has been coming to the wilderness for many generations, but as I get to know people I find out that they have never visited the wilderness in their whole life. Never going: the snow,

hiking, backpacking, and so on are things they just see on T.V. or [in] movies. The statement about "most of the people that visit and work in the wild places are European Americans is such a true statement. It's not bad or wrong, it's just true and factual. Europeans were the first to make the wilderness here. So my conclusion to making the area diverse with many people is to have young students as myself and my class venture out into the wilderness and explore. They can then go home and tell their family how beautiful the wilderness really is.

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