Thomas Michael Power is the former Chair of the U of Montana Economics Department. He has written Post-Cowboy Economics: Pay and Prosperity in the New American West and Failed Economies: the Search for a Value of Place, among other publications on the link between wildlands and economic opportunity. George Wuerthner is the Senior Scientist for the Foundation for Deep Ecology and has published 37 books , including a number that deal with wilderness areas and protected areas. His forth-coming book Protecting the Wild—Parks and Wilderness as the Primary Strategy for Global Conservation will be published by Island Press early in 2015. He has visited more than 400 designated wilderness areas around the country.