On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, and as a result of America's support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as areas where the earth and its communities of life are left unchanged by people, where the primary forces of nature are in control, and where people themselves are visitors who do not remain. See Wilderness 50 website
Information about permits required, gathering guidelines, map of commercial picking area...
A 1946 Forest Service publication with some great words of wisdom. [2-page PDF]
A 5-minute Forest Service video
The Forest Service has eliminated some fees charged for these areas or converted to individual recreation fee sites with reduced boundaries.
The Okanogan-Wenatchee N.F. is experiencing uncharacteristically severe fires, insect infestations, disease epidemics, habitat loss and hydrologic events causing massive erosion. Climate change will exacerbate these threats in the near future. Scientists agree active, landscape-scale restoration is needed if the forest is to become resilient to these threats. Learn more with the short video below and by visiting the restoration strategy website
2013 Implementation Phase of the Holden Mine Remediation Project.
Find out where you are allowed to use your motor vehicle on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.
The Colville and the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests are revising their Forest Plans. The new plans will reflect resource and social changes on all three Forests, as well as new scientific information. The forests gathered comments on a proposed action between June 30 and September 28, 2011.