Wilderness areas represent a vital element of Europe’s natural and cultural heritage. What means wilderness for Europe was settled a few years ago and a wilderness definition was agreed upon in the European Union.
Despite of wilderness definition, the discussion of where the limits are is still ongoing. Recent discussions with a friend revealed a few interesting topics. We discussed issues with how to deal with an area which actually meet requirements of wilderness definition but have a very interesting aspect of history.
Abandoned military area in Germany
For example: areas with some fragments of non-native species plantation or the area impacted in the past by military training activities but implemented non-intervention measures already for decades…
A very specific subject we continuously discuss are areas impacted by radiation. All three examples are raising interesting but difficult questions. All three examples showing self-recovering power of nature if man keeps hands of.
The article Humans are worse than radiation for Chernobyl animals reporting to study published recently is just another contribution to this discussion.