The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting Our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act

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An up-to-the-minute look at how America has preserved nearly 106 million acres of diverse wilderness areas in 44 states by statutory law ... and how much more will be preserved.

Written by a wilderness lobbyist (since 1966), strategist, and historian, this book is a one-stop place for activists, students, and others to learn what wilderness preservation is all about.


  • Foreword by Theodore Roosevelt IV
  • History of the wilderness idea and the Wilderness Act of 1964
  • What has been protected: how conservationists and Congress have protected 97 million acres since 1964
  • What more remains to be saved on federal lands
  • The practical politics of preserving more wilderness by a leading activist
  • Wilderness stewardship: challenges of administering wilderness areas
  • Wilderness in other realms: Tribal, state, other nations
  • Afterword by Ed Zahniser
  • Full text of the Wilderness Act
  • Comprehensive bibliographic essay of key wilderness readings
  • Endnotes for useful wilderness quotations throughout the text

What others are saying about this book:

"Holy, Holy, Holy!"
-Kurt Vonnegut

"An invaluable guidebook to saving America's wilderness. A must for ordinary citizens who care about saving our wilderness heritage for future generations. Hopeful, practical, and compelling."
-Christopher Reeve

"Doug Scott is a coyote who is as comfortable in the halls of Congress as he is in the great wilds of this nation. This book is a celebration not only of the 40th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act by one of our great advocates of conservation, but an astute reminder as to why open space matters to the soul of America. Beautiful wild words from a wild mind."
-Terry Tempest Williams, Author of The Open Space of Democracy (Orion, 2004)

"Tremendous! Doug Scott captures the heart, soul, and vision that created America's wilderness heritage. This book is definitely a call to action for all who desire to see wilderness preserved for future generations to experience and appreciate. Our wilderness lands are only safe if we take a stand. Doug has certainly has articulated the case for wilderness in this book."
-Dennis Madsen, President and CEO, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI)

"Here are the why and the how of ordinary people who use our democratic system to preserve wild places they love. One of the valued 'elders' of our work, Doug has distilled four decades of his own experience as well the best of our movement's historical experience and political insights. An essential volume for everyone who wants to help save an enduring resource of wilderness." -William H. Meadows, President, The Wilderness Society

"The Enduring Wilderness is well-written, convincing the reader to leave it wild." -Cindy Shogan, Alaska Wilderness League