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What are managing agencies doing about wilderness education?
Wilderness education has become a most important tool for increasing public awareness about wilderness management, affecting attitude and behavior changes, and developing an outdoor ethic. If people are aware of what wilderness is and how to visit and enjoy it without leaving impacts, there is a chance that they will behave appropriately. The hope is that people, by their own actions, will preserve the aesthetic landscape, eliminate unnecessary resource damage, and gain a better understanding of the purpose of management plans and policies. Then, land management agencies need not rely completely on closures, regulations and law enforcement. Management can be anticipatory rather than reactive, and a traditional freedom of choice will be maintained in wild land recreation.