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.



1.  Wilderness Evaluation Process Booklet




Key Contacts

Cathleen Neelan, Forest Plan Revision Team Leader