Wilderness Evaluation

Under the Wilderness Protection Act (WPA) of 1964, and the 2012 Planning Rule, any Forest undergoing a plan revision must review lands that may be suitable for Wilderness designation and analyze the impacts from recommendation of such lands.

The Ashley National Forest anticipates releasing the draft Wild & Scenic Eligibility
Report in February/March, 2019.  The report will be available for public input.

As a reminder, the inventory step is the first of a four step process.

  1. Inventory - The first step in looking at lands that could potentially be designated WildernessScreen shot of the wilderness evaluation web application with text saying evaluation steps coming so
  2. Evaluation - Are these lands suitable to be called Wilderness?  Do the lands have Wilderness characteristics?
  3. Analysis - What is the best way to manage the lands?  Analysis is looking at different alternatives in managing the lands.
  4. Recommendation - Analysis of the different alternatives makes up the recommendation

Additional information regarding the Potential Wilderness Evaluation process can be found on the Ashley National Forest Wilderness Evaluation web application.

 

Links:

1.  Wilderness Evaluation Process Booklet

 

 

 



Key Contacts

Cathleen Neelan, Forest Plan Revision Team Leader

435-781-5118

AshleyForestPlan@fs.fed.us

  



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