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Quotes about Wilderness

Something what was unthinkable 10 years ago is become reality. We Europeans finally agree on the definition and importance of Wilderness in Europe, we are working on a European Wilderness Network and we launched a research concept with the aim to prove that Wilderness is important for biodiversity, carbon sequestration, climate change and so likely also for us people!

However the power of wilderness is first of all the ability to touch the hearts of people… in the following quotes, people are telling us how they feel about wilderness.

The most famous quotes are coming from North American wilderness pioneers but I would like to offer you a few also from Europeans. So take a seat, glass of wine and relax. Unleash your mind. Close your eyes and starts to think deeply when your friend is reading the following quotes. Try to understand and feel what do these individuals try to put to this short expressions. Happy reading…

Quotes about Wilderness:

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness

John Muir

I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness

Aldo Leopold

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed … We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in

Wallace  Stegner

The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask

Nancy Wynne Newhall

We want to show Europeans that wilderness is not only a domain of Alaska, but it is still present inside Europe, and that it deserves our attention, respect and protection

Erik Baláž

Wilderness in the Kalkalpen National Park creates diversity!

Erich Mayrhofer,
Director Kalkalpen National Park, Austria

It is sometimes forgotten, that there remains – even if only in small fragments covering altogether no more than about 1% of our territory – small, yet important, areas of what can be called “virgin”, “natural”, “wild” or “wilderness” areas.

Ladislav Miko
Director of DG environment, European Commission

We cannot know what to do unless we know what mother nature do when we do nothing…

Karl Friedrich Sinner
Director of Bavarian Forest National Park, Germany

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2 thoughts on “Quotes about Wilderness

  • Do you have a source for the Aldo Leopold quote: “I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness”? I’ve been trying to find where he said this, but I have only found this variation from A Sand County Almanac: “I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young it.”

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