What does “wild and pristine” really mean?

Wherever in the world you go looking for “wild and pristine spaces,” you encounter evidence of humanity

Illustration by Kelsey King

A newcomer would take one look at the Minto Flats and call it “untouched,” but they’d be wrong. The people of the lakes have been living on these lands, interacting sustainably with them, for millennia.

We can, if we wish it, coexist, humans and nonhumans, without spoiling everything important and essential about these wild and pristine spaces.

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