More than anything, we hope the series will do something lasting for wilderness. Man needs to save enough of it, what he knows viscerally is enough without waiting for all the statistics. Man can safely assume that for all his shortcomings, he is bright enough to carry on his civilization on the 95 per cent or so of the land he has already disrupted. He is wise enough to recognize that he will not have a bright land, nor really serve himself well, if he hurries to disrupt that last five per cent on the pretext that progress will otherwise cease. It won't. It will cease, however, if we cannot be kind enough to tomorrow's men to leave for them, in big wilderness, a chance to seek answers to questions we have not yet learned how to ask.


David R. Brower