Wilderness: The Great Debate
About This Episode
For 40 years, the American West has been the nation's battleground for the preservation of wild lands. Narrated by Peter Coyote, Wilderness: The Great Debate explores a host of environmental issues from the arctic to the Amazon with a focus on the American West. Robert Redford joins a cast of leading experts and activists (former Secretaries of the Interior Ken Salazar, Bruce Babbit, Stewart Udall; novelist and historian Page Stegner; The Wilderness Society's William Meadows) on both sides of this complex conversation on the future of land management in American West and its affect on the planet.
The film features the Native American perspective, wilderness of Yellowstone and the reintroduction of wolves, the plight of wild horses in the West, the controversy over the creation of the Grand Staircase National Monument, and water issues of the Colorado River which runs dry in the sands of Mexico. Wilderness also includes the case of Tim DeChristopher, who falsely bid on oil and gas leases approved by the Bush administration, and journalistic balance of the other side with tea party protests adamantly opposed to more wilderness.