I created a Instagram for our project. The username is WildPhoenixProject. If you have an instagram it would be great if you would give it a follow and maybe mention it to a couple of your friends. At this point and time there is not much going on, on the page. As we go along I will be adding pictures.
A relevant and interesting story in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal discussing a sharp decline in Wisconsin DNR grants to preserve natural areas where hunting is restricted or banned. This article brings up a fascinating debate about the contested use of land and who should and should not be able to use certain resources. I’m an avid hiker and haven’t yet been startled by gunshots when hiking, though I probably would be if it happened. That’s not to say, of course, that the two sports can’t coexist, but it’s an issue worthy of a discussion.
The experiences of Sierra Club founder John Muir during his youth on his family’s farm at Fountain Lake in Wisconsin were critical to his development and early thinking about wilderness and conservation. Without the beauty of the fields, forests, and streams of the Muir farmland, which Muir adored, would he have developed into the father of the modern conservation movement? It’s an interesting idea to consider.
What experiences with wilderness have been influential to you? How have your interactions with wilderness made you think about yourself and the larger world? Reflect on your personal relationship with wilderness and why such relationships are important.