Regional WCT Program:
Wilderness Recreation Use Forums (WRUF)

Attendees at the Regional Wilderness Planning Forum held on 10/04/06Population growth and increased urban development adjacent to national forest wildernesses in Colorado has significantly increased over the past decade. In some wildernesses, recreation use exceeds Forest Plan standards and guidelines for visitation resulting in resource damage. In order to address this complex problem and to plan a strategy to protect wilderness character into the future, the Wilderness Core Team (WCT) is hosting several Wilderness Recreation Use Forums (WRUF).
Attendees at the Managing Wilderness Recreation Use Forum held on 11/15/06These Wilderness Recreation Use Forums will bring Forest Service line officers, wilderness managers, partners and user groups together for a closer examination of the issues related to high use. Also, it will provide a forum for discussing how to manage these popular wilderness destinations in the future.
Steve Sherwood, retired Region 2 Director of Recreation, Heritage & Wilderness Resources, talks to attendees at the Regional Wilderness Planning Forum held on 10/04/06Each Wilderness Recreation Use Forum will begin with a presentation from a leading Forest Service wilderness researcher to frame the resource issues and concerns. Additionally, Forest Service wilderness managers will outline potential management actions that might be considered to resolve the on-the-ground problems of overuse, resource damage and loss of the wilderness character in destination areas.
Three Wilderness Recreation Use Forums were conducted in 2006. Click on a Wilderness Recreation Use Forum date and subject below to get more information: