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Evaluation framework for proposed ecological restoration in wilderness

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 23, 2015
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the combination of rising population, land use and climate change with other landscape stressors is driving ecological restoration to be one of the single most important, challenging, and potentially litigious wilderness stewardship issues because decisions need to incorporate diverse legal, scientific and ethical considerations.

Wilderness Visitor Experience Workshop: Celebrating 50 years of wilderness research

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 23, 2015
The Wilderness Visitor Experience Workshop was held at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest near Missoula, MT, on April 4-7, 2011 with the purpose of celebrating lessons learned from half a century of research on visitor experience and preparing for the 50 years of wilderness research and stewardship.

Data product containing campsite assessments for "Effectiveness of a Confinement Strategy in Reducing Pack Stock Impacts at Campsites in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Idaho"

Datasets Posted on: March 27, 2015
Measurements of ground cover conditions, tree impacts, and campsite conditions were taken in the Seven Lakes Basin in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness between 1993 and 1998 in order to assess bringing high levels of campsite impact into compliance with management standards.

Campsite condition data for the San Rafael Wilderness

Datasets Posted on: March 27, 2015
Campsites within the central portion of the San Rafael Wilderness of California were assessed over a 9 day period in April 1999. All but one of 22 semi-developed camping areas were visited. These camping areas consist of one or several long-established campsites, with stoves, and are located on maps of the area. In addition, informal user-created campsites were located and assessed in other places that appeared amenable to camping.

Campsite condition data for the Superstition Wilderness

Datasets Posted on: March 27, 2015
Between November 2005 and March 2007, a Rapid Site Inventory (RSI) was performed on 459 campsites in the Superstition Wilderness Area of the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. This assessment of 90-95% of the campsites in this wilderness was a quick site inventory including primarily presence/absence response variables.

Use patterns and visitor characteristics, attitudes, and preferences in nine wilderness and other roadless areas

Publications Posted on: March 23, 2015
Presents a summary and analysis of data from a survey of visitors to eight wildernesses and related areas in the Montana and Idaho Rockies and to one wilderness in the California Sierra Nevadas.

GLEES (Glacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments Site)

Experimental Forests and Ranges Posted on: December 04, 2014
The Glacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments Site is a high elevation wilderness-like site where research is conducted to determine the effects of atmospheric deposition and climate change on alpine and subalpine aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the upper treeline ecotone. Long-term physical, chemical, and biological monitoring is an important component of the activities at GLEES.

Take a scientist to the sauna: A great way to keep science and stewardship working together for another 50 years

Publications Posted on: September 30, 2014
At a workshop in Oulanka National Park in Finland, shortly after the Finnish Wilderness Act had passed in 1991, managers and scientists wrestled with how to incorporate science into protection of wildlands of northern Finland.

Personal wilderness relationships: Building on a transactional approach

Publications Posted on: September 22, 2014
Wilderness managers are charged with the challenging goal of balancing resource protection and experience quality across a broad, value-laden landscape. While research has provided insight into visitors' motivations and their meanings for wilderness, a struggle exists to implement experiential concepts within current management frameworks.

Keeping it wild in the National Park Service: A user guide to integrating wilderness character into park planning, management, and monitoring

Publications Posted on: September 22, 2014
This User Guide was developed to help National Park Service (NPS) staff effectively and efficiently fulfill the mandate from the 1964 Wilderness Act and NPS policy to "preserve wilderness character" now and into the future. This mandate applies to all congressionally designated wilderness and other park lands that are, by policy, managed as wilderness, including eligible, potential, proposed, or recommended wilderness.