The Joys and Risks of the Wilderness

Ted Stroll stated that outdoor enthusiasts should be “the natural constituents of a wilderness protection program.” As I pack my bags for a raft trip through the Idaho wilderness, I wholeheartedly agree.

Wilderness provides the kind of recreation experience that is increasingly rare, threatened and valuable. Representing less than 3 percent of the lower 48 states, wilderness areas offer some of the best and most pristine opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, swimming and hiking. They also provide the unique and fast-disappearing experience of interacting with the wild outdoors — including the risks that come with it — without the interference of the modern world.