Personal defination of "wilderness" and legal definationCompare defination of wilderness  with the legal defination of wilderness, and can someone please explain to me why should Minnesota's...

Personal defination of "wilderness" and legal defination

Compare defination of wilderness  with the legal defination of wilderness, and can someone please explain to me why should Minnesota's boundary waters be a wilderness?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The only legal definition I know of for wilderness is that a wilderness area is one in which all motorized vehicles are forbidden.  That is part of my personal definition.  The rest of my personal definition is that wilderness should be a place where you cannot see any permanent sign of human habitation.  There should not be houses or other buildings, for example.

To me, the reason that the BWCA should be a wilderness is because having motorized boats up there would ruin the area for canoeing.  It is a really beautiful and peaceful place to paddle.  It would be very unpleasant if boats could roar up and down, making big wakes that upset your canoe.  It would be unpleasant if people could drive their boats on all the lakes and bring with them their loud parties and leave behind their beer cans.  Having the BWCA as wilderness allows people to have a place to go to have a peaceful experience -- they can paddle their canoes slowly, watch and listen to the loons, etc.