There tends to be a controversy attached to any official designation of a wilderness area.
The argument against wilderness set-asides is that they restrict economic activity. But the wilderness proponents point out that roads crisscross the planet, rendering most roadless areas small.
There is now a global map of roadless areas showing exactly where the untouched islands lie.
Dominick DellaSala of Ashland's Geos Institute is one of the creators of the map; he visits with details.