IMG_1546Cultural landscape management may need to confront the same ambivalence which William Cronon addresses in his seminal essay, “The Trouble with Wilderness; or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature”. Any cultural worldview which perpetuates separation between humans and the natural world is likely to encourage irresponsible environmental behavior. By promoting divisions, we in turn obscure our ties to the ecological systems that we depend on for life, health, and wellbeing. On the other hand, it is no less important to perhaps acknowledge “nonhuman nature”: a world which was not designed by humans and therefore has its own reasons for existing apart from our actions and ties. How do we resolve this dissonance in our thinking, and work toward a better understand of wilderness and large landscapes in our management ideas and practices? Abstracts should include topics such as:

    • Natural and cultural sustainability;
    • Effects of culture on sustainability;
    • Agriculture as a stabilizer or an agent of change?;
    • The role of tourism in large landscape conservation;
    • The local economy as a conservation tool;
    • The effects of other cultural activities on the natural environment;
    • The role of nature in cultural adaptation;
    • And others.