Preserving Remoteness

The road network of the U.S. already exceeds 3.9 million miles in aggregate length. Roads fill the national landscape so fully that, except in Alaska, one can get no farther from a road than 21 miles on the mainland (Wyoming) and 25 miles on an island (Florida).  Many of the eastern states contain so many roads that it is no longer possible to get more than 5 miles from a road.

We believe that the conservation of remoteness involves creating policies that do not place more roads and human infrastructures on remaining roadless areas while simultaneously allowing access by people who use their own body power (i.e. paddling, hiking, mountain biking) to experience these places.

What do you think?  How can we preserve remoteness?