Posts and comments in this and other forums reveal widespread misunderstanding of, and sometimes disrespect for, the viewpoint of others. The graphic may help to make clear the difference between two world views, recognizing that both are strongly held and that both have merit.
Application of these opposing philosophies to land management results in totally different outcomes. While short-term effects may be readily apparent, long-term impacts are often unpredictable. To make matters more complicated, the “goodness” of each outcome is dependent on the viewpoint of the observer, as the graphic’s text demonstrates.
The land on left side, of the photo, while controlled (but virtually unmanaged) by the U.S. Forest Service, belongs to you. Study the photo and ask yourself “On how much of my land do I want Nature to take its course?”. Al of it? Some of it? None of it? If “some”, what percentage?
Your land managers (Congress and the Forest Service), and your fellow readers, await your decision.
Factoid: National Forests contain 36 million acres of formally designated wilderness areas or ~19% of the land area.