The challenge Tina gave us for Lens-Artists this week is: Wild
I love the quote Tina has for this post, “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey
When we went to Denali National Park, Alaska, we had a glimpse of the sheer beauty of wilderness.
There are two kinds of wilderness inside the National Park system. The original two million acres of Denali are designated wilderness. Designated wilderness has the highest level of protection offered by the Federal Government. Nearly all the other four million acres added by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) are eligible wilderness. According to National Park Service Wilderness Management Policies, eligible wilderness is managed as designated until it is either officially designated, or removed from consideration, both of which require an Act of Congress. Thus almost 6 million acres of Denali National Park and Preserve are protected as wilderness. Source
“The Denali Wilderness is a land of paradox. It is inviting and it is terrifying; accessible and remote. It is an essentially undeveloped wilderness with a road corridor through the middle that brings millions of people to its edge. It is untrammeled, yet managed. Some of the land within its boundaries is well known and studied, but much of it is full of mystery. It is a natural and intact ecosystem celebrated by scientists, writers, hunters, adventurers and artists alike.
As our world is beginning to experience dramatic and widespread change, all wilderness is at a crossroads. Encroaching development and climate change threaten to dramatically alter these environments but also present a unique opportunity to preserve their exceptional wilderness character and linkages to other conservation units in Alaska and Canada.” Source
Features of Denali Wilderness:
Natural – A variety of plants and animals thrive in their natural habitats.
Untrammeled – Denali strives to keep this wilderness free from intentional human intervention.
Undeveloped – Most of Denali’s wilderness lacks the imprint of man’s development.
Unconditioned Recreation – Visitors can experience the primitive recreation.
We were fortunate to spot several wild animals on the way to Denali from Anchorage. I took the photos through the window of the coach.