Proposal For
Missouri Wilderness
MWC has published a proposal to move Wilderness designation forward for 7 areas on Mark Twain National Forest and Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Follow the links below for more information.

The Proposal
8M pdf document
2M pdf document

Proposal Summary and Fact Sheets
4.4M pdf document

"Wilderness For Missouri" Newspaper
5.1M pdf document

Proposal Facts Handout
67K Word document
117K pdf document

Learn More About The Proposed Areas
Proposed Wilderness

Links & Resources

Missouri Public Land Managers
Mark Twain National Forest
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Missouri Department of Conservation
Missouri State Parks
Local Wilderness Resources
Conservation Federation of Missouri
East Ozarks Audubon Society
Missouri Coalition For The Environment
Missouri Parks Association
The Ozark Society
Sierra Club - Missouri
Webster Groves Nature Study Society
National Wilderness Resources
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute
American Wilderness Coalition
Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Campaign For America’s Wilderness
Wilderness Land Trust
The Wilderness Society
Books - Articles - Reports
Unspoiled Beauty: A Personal Guide to Missouri Wilderness
This book by Charles J. Farmer has general reference information about the eight Missouri Wilderness Areas, along with personal stories of visits to each. Its a good place to start learning about Missouri Wilderness, and the foreward was written by MWC member John Karel.
Earth's Song
Written by Leonard Hall and published by University of Missouri Press in 1981, this book unfortunately appears to be out of print. Leonard Hall lived on a farm near Caledonia, MO and, amongst other things, published many articles in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. What makes this particular set of writings interesting to MWC is Chapter 8: "A Legacy of Wilderness". Written at a time when Missouri's Wilderness Areas were just getting established (except for Hercules Glades and Mingo, which were already designated), the chapter provides a unique perspective on Bell Mountain Wilderness and Irish Wilderness Areas; Current, Jack's Fork, and Eleven Point Rivers; and Missouri wild lands philosophy.
The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting our National Heritage through the Wilderness Act
By Doug Scott. An excellent, easy to navigate reference book about the history, present, and future of the Wilderness Act.
Wilderness and the American Mind
This book by Roderick Nash was first published in 1967, yet remains one of the most important wilderness books available today.
The Idea of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology
By Max Oelschlaeger. This is a full-blown, scholarly study on the notion of "wilderness". A good book, but not light reading.
International Journal of Wilderness
This magazine provides a forum for reporting and discussing wilderness ideas and events; inspirational ideas; planning, management, and allocation strategies; education; and research and policy aspects of wilderness stewardship.
Sand County Almanac
By Aldo Leopold. This is a classic conservation text if ever there was one. While most of the writings are more generally about nature, conservation, and related observations and philosophies, there are some important ideas about wilderness and wild lands in this book. Aldo was one of the early conservationists to recognize and promote the idea of wilderness, and co-founed the Wilderness Society in 1935.
The Singing Wilderness
By Sigurd Olson. Published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1956, this was Olson's first book and it was immensely successful, becoming a classic of American nature writing. For Sigurd himself, it was the culmination of a long and hard-fought dream.