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Fire history (1889-2017) in the South Fork Flathead River Watershed within the Bob Marshall Wilderness (Montana), including effects of single and repeat wildfires on forest structure and fuels

Publications Posted on: October 02, 2020
Wilderness areas offer value to society as a source of scientific information. We used fire perimeter records from the upper South Fork Flathead River watershed (Montana) to characterize the area burned one or more times during three periods: the pre-fire exclusion period (1889-1934), the fire exclusion period (1935-1980), and the fire management period (1981-2017).

Day users in wilderness: How different are they?

Publications Posted on: August 01, 2018
This study describes the trip and visitor characteristics, evaluations, and preferences of day users in wilderness, by contrasting them with overnight users. Data from the Three Sisters (OR), Desolation (CA), Bob Marshall (MT), Charles Deam (IN), Caney Creek (AR), Shining Rock (NC), and Cohutta (GA) Wildernesses are presented.

Keeping it wild: Asking the right questions to guide wilderness management

Publications Posted on: May 21, 2018
Wilderness management can be tricky. The conservationist Aldo Leopold, who is considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the U.S. wilderness system, was probably thinking about this when he said, “All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must Wilderness managers in North Cascades National Park opted for chemical treatments to remove invasive fish species.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness: 2007 visitor survey data

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
In 2007, a team consisting of Superior National Forest managers, Forest Service scientists, and academic partners surveyed visitors to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota. The BWCAW receives the most use of any wilderness in the country, and has been the location of several studies. This 2007 study is similar to previous BWCAW studies in 1969 and 1991.

Shining Rock Wilderness: 1990 visitor survey data

Datasets Posted on: March 15, 2018
This data publication contains 1990 survey data for two different studies conducted in the Shining Rock Wilderness, which is in the Pisgah National Forest of western North Carolina. The first is a trend study to understand changes in visitor characteristics and the other was a study to understand knowledge and behavior about campsite selection and low-impact camping.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness - A long history of management guided by science

Publications Posted on: June 07, 2016
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in northern Minnesota is one of the most iconic and cherished wilderness areas in the United States. One of the original wilderness areas established in 1964, the BWCAW protects a glaciated landscape of about 1,175 lakes, connected by several hundred miles of streams.

Wilderness science and its role in wilderness stewardship

FS News Posted on: June 02, 2016
The Journal of Forestry published a special issue that looks at the challenges facing wilderness agencies and the important role of wilderness science.

Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 1: Changing perspectives and future directions; 1999 May 23-27; Missoula, MT

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Ten papers presented as plenary talks at the conference, "Wilderness Science in a Time of Change," are included.

GIS applications to wilderness management: potential uses and limitations

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are increasingly being used in all areas of natural resource management. This paper first presents a brief primer on GIS, and then discusses potential applications of GIS to wilderness management in the areas of inventorying, monitoring, analysis, planning, and communication.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) Wilderness: 2011 visitor survey data

Datasets Posted on: August 27, 2015
This data publication contains data from a 2011 quantitative study on Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, in California, on wilderness user perceptions of existing wilderness quality and existing management practices and facilities.