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tommm
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One thing I find fascinating is that here in the U.S. the idea of wilderness has a sacred quality to it, as if having wild lands is essential in the development of the American character.  There is a strong desire among some to return areas to their natural state, including plant and animals that were around before European settlement.  What constitutes being natural is a tricky question, however.  When I go to, say, the Brecon Beacons, the American in me wants to remove the sheep and treat the soils to bring back the “natural” forests.    I realize it's a cultural bias of mine, and I've always wondered how folks in the U.K. think of wilderness or nature, or if there is any sense that anything was lost as humans altered the local ecosystems.

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