Robert Sullivan: The Meadowlands
We read the variety definitions for wilderness in class, Sullivan addresses one of the definitions. The definition that he addresses, in my view, is the one using wasteland. For the most part though, I do not agree that this area is considered as wilderness. I do agree with Sullivan that more should be done to preserve areas and even rehabilitate areas surrounding cities. I have never been to meadowlands, but I can imagine what the smell of the marsh would be like after years of pollution. It would be nice to see more things done to clean up areas like this and other polluted wildlife habitats.
William Cronon: “Trouble with the Wilderness”
I enjoyed reading the perspective of William Cronon through his article. I found this article to be thought provoking and intelligently written. As a History major, I found the article to be even more interesting when he talked about specific events that occurred. Cronon brought up some very interesting questions to his readers. I thought the part about our national parks seemed interesting and how American wilderness areas were practically man made since we forced the Native Americans out of them. Cronon doesn’t direct his harshness or criticism against the wilderness or wildlife areas, but rather to the terms and usage of the terms in particular fashions.