"[...] So we continue to seek a way forward, and as we do, clear signposts are quite useful. One of these is provided to us in the form of David N. Cole and Laurie Yung's new book, Beyond Naturalness: Rethinking Park and Wilderness Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Change. If Uncommon Ground was the watershed book of the 1990s in North American park conservation, Beyond Naturalness is the game-changer of the first decade of the 21st century. I cannot think of a recent book that has probed so thoroughly and effectively the fundamental dilemmas facing parks and protected areas."
— George Wright Forum
"Beyond Naturalness is a commentary on how we can preserve the sense of nature under change. The idea of pristine nature innocent of human presence was, we now know, mythical' but this thoughtful book shows that sound policies can give us a rewarding nature with people in it."
— Donald Kennedy, President Emeritus and Bing Professor of Environmental Science
"Beyond Naturalness brings together fresh thinking about stewardship of protected areas in the face of pervasive and unprecedented climate change. The authors integrate historical perspectives, ecological theory, and analysis of policies and institutions in defining pathways forward. This volume will be of keen interest to scholars and practitioners."
— Lisa J. Gramlich, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
"The management of parks and wilderness will depend on a clear and common understanding of conservation goals for their protection. Particularly relevant in the context of climate change, Beyond Naturalness provides succinct cutting–edge guidance to address pressing challenges in protected-area conservation."
— Nikita Lopoukhine, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas
"Beyond Naturalness takes parks and wilderness management to a new level of thinking. Far more than a historic and scientific review, it highlights innovative ideas about the future of these critically important lands. This book should be required reading not only for land managers and scientists but for all who care about the future of our precious parks and wilderness areas. "
— Michael P. Dombeck, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, UW
"This book challenges conventional wisdom and explores contradictions in how people view and manage natural parks and wild places...This book is bound to become the reference point for ecosystem management studies."
"... Rather than a boilerplate of prescriptions, Beyond naturalness offers managers a toolbox to guide the decision-making process, and compels managers to ask hard questions and articulate their goals and objectives and become much more proactive. ... Overall, Beyond naturalness provides a timely summation and synthesis of current ecological literature and is a valuable contribution for land managers, scholars, and students alike."
"Overall, the material in Beyond Naturalness is clearly and compellingly presented...the intent is to provide the fodder for thinking outside the box of traditional park and wilderness stewardship. In that, Beyond Naturalness succeeds admirably."
"Based on many years of theory and practice, developed by authors from agencies, non-profit organizations, and academia, and well-referenced for further study, this book is a must-read for any land manager who hopes to succeed in the coming century."
— Natural Areas Journal
"Readers will find this to be a thorough and exceedingly accessible treatment of the background and potential principles to guide protected area management."
— Restoration Ecology