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This report provides an assessment and compilation of recreation-related monitoring data sources across the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS). Telephone interviews with managers of all units of the NWPS and a literature search were conducted to locate studies that provide campsite…
Author(s): David N. Cole, Vita Wright
Keywords: campsite condition, monitoring, National Wilderness Preservation System, trail condition, visitor characteristics
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-117. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 52 p.
Year: 2003
Documented evidence shows that managers of units within the U.S. National Wilderness Preservation System are making decisions without reliable information on the amount, types, and distribution of recreation use occurring at these areas. There are clear legislative mandates and agency policies that…
Author(s): Alan E. Watson, David N. Cole, David L. Turner, Penny S. Reynolds
Keywords: National Wilderness Preservation System, visitation, visitor use, visitor use estimation
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-56. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 198 p.
Year: 2000
In a recent national survey of federal wilderness managers, respondents identified the high priority need for scientific information about public attitudes toward biophysical intervention to adapt to climate change and attitudes of the public toward restoration of natural conditions. In a survey of…
Author(s): Alan Watson, Steve Martin, Neal Christensen, Gregg Fauth, Dan Williams
Keywords: National Wilderness Preservation System, wilderness attributes, climate change, natural, wild, free nature
Source: Environmental Management. 56: 653-663.
Year: 2015
The authors of this article are recently retired wilderness professionals from universities or federal agencies. We were asked to share our observations about how wilderness stewardship is being managed in America today. We based our observations on our many years of combined professional…
Author(s): Ken Cordell, Chris Barns, David Brownlie, Tom Carlson, Chad Dawson, William Koch, Garry Oye, Chris Ryan
Keywords: wilderness, wilderness stewardship, National Wilderness Preservation System
Source: Journal of Forestry. 114(3): 292-297.
Year: 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…
Author(s): Michael K. Schwartz, Beth A. Hahn, Blake R. Hossack
Keywords: ecoregions, National Wilderness Preservation System, stewardship, wildlife, wilderness, wilderness character
Source: Journal of Forestry. 114(3): 311-319.
Year: 2016
This special issue of the Journal of Forestry provides an overview of America’s National Wilderness Preservation System and highlights the important role that science serves in informing wilderness stewardship. The lead authors of the articles in this volume selected the Journal because it is…
Author(s): Susan F. Fox
Keywords: wilderness, wilderness science, wilderness stewardship, National Wilderness Preservation System
Source: Journal of Forestry. 114(3): 287.
Year: 2016
The National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) is a vital component of the national and international infrastructure for science, education, and information. The NWPS serves as an important resource for advancing research, from discovering new dinosaurs (Arbour et al. 2014, Landon 2016) to…
Author(s): Susan A. Fox, Beth A. Hahn
Keywords: wilderness, wilderness science, wilderness stewardship, National Wilderness Preservation System
Source: Journal of Forestry. 114(3): 305-310.
Year: 2016
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…
Author(s): Lucy Lieberman, Beth Hahn, Peter Landres
Keywords: ecological interventions, landscape scale restoration, National Wilderness Preservation System, untrammeled, wilderness, wilderness character
Source: Restoration Ecology. 26(5): 900-908.
Year: 2018
When Hubert Humphrey first introduced the Wilderness Act to the U.S. Senate in 1956, he said that “the agency having jurisdiction over any area within this [Wilderness] System will have the sanction and encouragement of Congress and the legal responsibility for preserving the area’s wilderness…
Author(s): Peter Landres
Keywords: wilderness character, monitoring, Forest Service, National Wilderness Preservation System
Source: International Journal of Wilderness. 13(2): 37-38.
Year: 2007
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