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Keyword: wilderness character

Manipulating the wild: A survey of restoration and management interventions in U.S. wilderness

Publications Posted on: July 10, 2018
Landscape scale restoration is a common management intervention used around the world to combat ecological degradation. For wilderness managers in the United States, the decision to intervene is complicated by the Wilderness Act’s legal mandate to preserve wilderness character and demonstrate managerial restraint (16 U.S.C. § 1131-1136).

Mapping wilderness character in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Publications Posted on: April 26, 2017
A GIS-based approach was used to depict how threats to wilderness character vary in extent and magnitude across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Based on the interagency strategy to monitor wilderness character, Keeping It Wild: An Interagency Strategy for Monitoring Wilderness Character Across the National Wilderness Preservation System (Landres et al.

Mapping wilderness character in Denali National Park and Preserve

Publications Posted on: November 18, 2016
The recent development of an interagency strategy to monitor wilderness character allows on-the-ground managers and decision-makers to assess whether stewardship actions for an individual wilderness are fulfilling the legislative mandate to "preserve wilderness character." By using credible data that are consistently collected, one can assess how wilderness character changes over time and evaluate how stewardship actions affect trends in wilde

Restoring the wilderness character of the Elwha River in the Olympic Wilderness

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
The Olympic Power Company was formed in 1910 with financing from Chicago investors to lure a pulp mill to Port Angeles, Washington. The Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were built on the Elwha River, most of which runs through the Olympic Wilderness of Olympic National Park.

Where the wild things are: A research agenda for studying the wildlife-wilderness relationship

Publications Posted on: May 27, 2016
We explore the connection between US designated wilderness areas and wildlife with the goal of establishing a research agenda for better understanding this complex relationship. Our research agenda has two components. The first, "wildlife for wilderness," considers the impact of wildlife on wilderness character.

Monitoring selected conditions related to wilderness character: a national framework

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
One of the central mandates of the 1964 Wilderness Act is that “each agency administering any area designated as wilderness shall be responsible for preserving the wilderness character of the area.” Although wilderness comprises about 20 percent of National Forest System lands (over 35 million acres), the agency lacks a way to evaluate progress in fulfilling this mandate.

Keeping the wild in wilderness

FS News Posted on: December 09, 2015

Keeping it wild 2: An updated interagency strategy to monitor trends in wilderness character across the National Wilderness Preservation System

Publications Posted on: October 20, 2015
Keeping It Wild 2 is an interagency strategy to monitor trends in selected attributes of wilderness character based on lessons learned from 15 years of developing and implementing wilderness character monitoring across the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Wilderness character monitoring and mapping

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 21, 2015
In 2008, the interagency "Keeping It Wild" wilderness character monitoring strategy was published and the four wilderness managing agencies quickly embraced it. It established a scientifically sound and rigorous approach to developing comprehensive baseline data on the unique characteristics of each wilderness.

Keeping it wild: Mapping wilderness character in the United States

Publications Posted on: September 22, 2014
A GIS-based approach is developed to identify the state of wilderness character in US wilderness areas using Death Valley National Park (DEVA) as a case study. A set of indicators and measures are identified by DEVA staff and used as the basis for developing a flexible and broadly applicable framework to map wilderness character using data inputs selected by park staff.