A new report on “Wilderness, Recreation and Environmental Management” by the Arlington Recreation and Environment Department has warned of the dangers of changing landscape patterns, saying it is a key factor in how wilderness can become “over-managed” and “overconsumed”.
The report, published by the department’s National Parks Conservation Office (NPCCO), said “Wildlife” was being over-consumed by many of the country’s public lands, including parks and wilderness areas.
“We are seeing a surge in demand for wilderness and wilderness-related services across the country, with increasing demand for the recreation of wildlife,” the report said.
The report also called for greater focus on managing wilderness areas and recreation in “wilderness-friendly” ways, with the aim of “making the wilderness feel like the place you want it to be”.
“We need to be aware that the wilderness we create is our playground, our refuge and our source of escape,” the NPCCO report said, warning that many of these places are being used by people who have not been properly informed of the risks.
“If we are to protect the places that are important to us, we need to have the information about how to do that.”
“The wilderness we enjoy is not the wilderness that is in danger.
Our wilderness is not going away.
The next decade will be the wildest of our lives.”
The report recommends that the NPPCO work with public bodies, businesses and other organisations to promote “wildlife-friendly activities” in “the parks, nature reserves and wildernesses of the nation”.
It said that by 2025, parks and nature reserves could become a “wildplace” of their own, with a “unique” “wild” character to their physical and cultural assets, such as the beauty of the landscape and the unique wildlife they host.
The government will hold a consultation on the report’s recommendations in March, with public hearings set to take place in July and August.AAP/ABC