Through most of American history, Walden Woods has been a marginalized landscape - good for growing fuelwood and timber, but held at an arm's length from proper society. Despite this fact, much of Walden Woods is now protected in perpetuity for the benefit of future generations. The Walden Woods Project, among other conservation organizations, town, state, and federal entities, protect nearly 80 percent of Walden Woods today.
I am astonished at the singular pertinacity and endurance of our lives. The miracle is, that what is is, when it is so difficult, if not impossible, for anything else to be. — A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers