Wild Country Companion – The Ultimate Guide to No-Trace Outside Recreation and Wilderness Security

When I was inside the military, I wanted to leave no trace for tactical motives. This was in particular true as a sniper. We wanted to go where nobody would see us and leave without a trace. As a civilian, I nevertheless don’t need to leave a trace when I stop by the woods. Now it’s not necessarily for tactical factors, but simply to preserve our wildlife. I live in Montana, and am fortunate to possess plentiful wilderness regions at my disposal. It is actually normally a bit sad when I am on a hike with my family and we run across someone’s garbage. I am teaching my tiny girl that we need to leave the woods the identical, or improved when we pack other’s garbage out, as when we went in.

Wild Country Companion - The Ultimate Guide to No-Trace Outside Recreation and Wilderness Security

That is why I am glad Will Harmon wrote “Wild Country Companion: The Ultimate Guide to No-trace Outside Recreation and Wilderness Security.” This book is filled with suggestions from top specialists on how you’ll be able to make options that best suit your surroundings, skills, and modes of travel to lower your impact to our wild lands. There are lots of no-trace outdoor recreation and wilderness safety options in this guide, such as concepts for constructing campfires, deciding on campsites, travel routes, protecting your food from bears along with other wildlife, staying discovered, staying healthier, avoiding conflicts with other outdoor users, and much more.

The book is divided into six major chapters, The initial chapter is on the history of your leave-no-trace notion. It really is a short chapter to obtain you pondering about getting conscious and ethical with regards to our wildlife. The second chapter continues concerning leave no trace ethics or ethos. Quite quick chapter, but tends to make you believe a bit. The third chapter gets for the meat in the book and discusses leave no trace tactics. This chapter covers plenty of areas all divided into brief parts with subheadings, so you could go appropriate towards the element you’re thinking about. Issues like preparing, picking footwear, keeping noise to a minimum, the backcountry kitchen, campsites and fires, waste disposal, and more are covered in brief small segments that get the point across.

Chapter four covers diverse modes of travel to leave no trace. This really is the chapter that also covers conflicts with other folks, also as mountain bicycles, skiing and snowshoeing and much more. Chapter 5 discusses security. This section is about 75 pages long. (The entire book is only 195 pages) There’s some great advice right here, nevertheless it actually doesn’t concentrate on leaving no trace. It truly is fundamental security and initial aid facts. So while it can be not negative facts, I’d rather Harmon had stayed focused around the no-trace subject and men and women could get their security and 1st help info from a book which include “Wilderness 911.”

The final chapters offers some added data with regards to special environments like deserts, alpine and arctic tundra, and snow … READ MORE

Why Minority Group Members Don’t Use Public Lands More

In “Meeting the Challenge of Wild Land Recreation Management: Demographic Shifts and Social Inequality” by Dorceta E. Taylor, the author raises a number of challenges and issues around diversity, race, and ethnicity in public lands and outdoor recreation areas. A key reason for this concern is the relatively small percentage of members of racial and ethnic minority groups involved in going to these areas as attendees or being involved as partners or volunteers in managing these areas compared to their percentage in the population. This article raises concerns about why they are less involved than members of the majority white population and how to get them to become more involved.

Why Minority Group Members Don't Use Public Lands More

There are a number of reasons why they may be less involved. One reason for their lower participation may be the romanticized perception of wilderness areas from American history inspired by notions of transcendentalism and romanticism. These ideas have created a romanticized image of the wilderness as a retreat from the modern, industrial world, and now that vision might serve as a counterpoint to today’s high-tech, fast-paced world of immediate global connections everywhere. Still another theme from history may be the notion of the wilderness as a frontier with images of rugged male frontiersmen battling the elements and nature on their own that appealed primarily to white middle and upper class males — an image reflected in the popular image of the cowboy and male hunter in films and TV. Then, too, the national parks and wilderness areas became a place for vacations by wealthy, urban tourists who enjoyed hunting and fishing trips, combined with the luxury of returning to an expensive hotel at night.

While these notions about the meaning of the outdoor experience may have developed in the 19th century, these conceptions and patterns of use have continued to shape the experience of the wilderness today. However, while there may be a smaller number of minority group users, a key reason for this lower participation would seem to be differences in attitudes and culture which shape interest in using the wilderness and the concern with everyday living for minority group members. Also, as reflected in the daily newspapers, TV news, Internet, and popular music, minority group culture is very much an urban culture, centered in the inner cities. For example, images of rap, reggae, and hip hop singers, break dancers, skateboarders, sideshow riders, are all reflections of this urban culture, as are urban based churches and community centers. Then, too, the lack of images of minority group members in books, publicity materials, media stories, and film footage about outdoor recreation may be a contributing factor because minority group members may not see members of their own group as role models.

However, these factors might be addressed by the managers of public lands and outdoor recreational facilities. For instance, publishers, advertisers, and filmmakers can readily put images of minority group members in their materials, and the use of white images in promotional materials certainly doesn’t prevent minority group members … READ MORE