Wilderness Recommendation Process

Click here to view the Recommended Wilderness Storymap interactive website!


The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Plan revision includes a wilderness recommendation process. This process is guided by the Forest Service Land Management Planning Handbook direction- FSH 1909.12 Chapter 70- Wilderness (01/30/2015)


The Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Plan Revision process uses the roadless areas as identified in the Idaho Roadless Rule.  The Idaho Roadless Rule identifies 35 roadless areas on the Nez Perce-Clearwater NationaL Forests; 16 areas on the Clearwater and 19 areas on the Nez Perce National Forest. 

The existing condition, roadless character and resources associated with each roadless area can be found here.

Gospel Hump Wilderness

The forests received public feedback suggesting that additional unroaded areas in the vicinity of the Gospel Hump Wilderness be considered for inclusion in the inventory. The management of these areas has been debated since before the first round of Forest Planning. The areas are currently managed under a legislated management plan - the Gospel Hump Multi Resource Development Plan. The areas will not be included in the roadless inventory since their management has already been established through this legislative planning process. 

There are three areas adjacent to the Gospel Hump Wilderness that are currently managed under the Gospel Hump multiple purpose management plan. In our Framework for Alternative Development document we have highlighted and named these three areas as geographic areas along with draft Forest Plan components for their future management.

The documentation about these areas can be found at the following links:

Enabling Legislation

 Other Documents


Evaluation Process

Click here to view the Recommended Wilderness Storymap interactive website!

As part of Forest Plan Revision, the Nez Perce-Clearwater planning team is evaluating roadless areas for possible Wilderness recommendation, as required by the Wilderness Act and Forest Service policy.

In addition to the information on this webpage, we are using an interactive website that includes an interactive map of the roadless areas, photos, a step-by-step review of the process, and a comment feature to reach out to the public about this evaluation process.

The Draft Wilderness Evaluation (33 MB .PDF) was released in July 2018. The Forest Plan Revision Team identified draft evaluation factors that respond to the criteria outlined in the Wilderness Act, the 2012 Planning Rule, and Forest Service Directives. Public involvement was used to shape the Draft Evaluation.

The other documents shown below are laws, regulations, and directives concerning the Wilderness evaluation process. These documents are posted for your reference.

Background Information

Collaborative Input to the Evaluation Process

The Wilderness Society Under-represented Community Assessment for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests





Key Contacts

Forest Planner
Zach Peterson
Office: 208-935-4239
Fax: 208-935-4275

Jennie Fischer
Phone: (208) 983-4048
Fax: (208) 983-4099

Mike Ward
Phone: (208) 926-6413
Fax: (208) 926-6450

RFA Coordinator
Diana Jones
Phone: (208) 476-8239
Fax: (208) 476-8329