This class is designed as a capstone course in the Recreation Management degree. It presumes a fundamental awareness of the Wilderness Act and other legislation governing the designation and management of parks and wilderness areas. Rather than focusing on the how of managing these areas, this course asks for what and why society has set aside these areas. The course is designated an upper-division writing course, with at least two significant writing assignment of 10 pages or more. It is required for students in the Recreation Resources Management option of the undergraduate B.S in Recreation Management.
Understanding the historical and philosophical foundations for wilderness and other protected areas ensures clarity of purpose and specificity of management approaches. Each of the various designations of park (urban park, state park, and national park) have distinct social imperatives to which they are responding. This course helps students understand those original objectives and criticisms leveled at the protected area response.
The instructor for the course is Bill Borrie, Professor of Park and Recreation Management. He brings to the classroom significant experience in researching wilderness and protected areas, along with an enthusiasm for parks and wilderness areas of all sorts. His writing includes articles on the effect of technology on wilderness, the Disneyfication of outdoor recreation, the similarities between zoos and wilderness, and the privatization of public lands management.