Special Interest Areas

Special Interest Areas (SIAs) are addressed in Forest Service Manuals 2360 and 2372. SIAs may
be designated for scenic, geologic, botanic, zoologic, paleontological, archaeological/historic, or
recreational values, or combinations of these values. The SIA designation allows Forests to meet
internal and public interest in recognizing special values of certain areas and to tailor land uses to
interpret, maintain and enhance those special features. Land uses in a SIA will vary with the
type of feature recognized, for example, a recreation special interest area could have extensive
developments to increase visitor access.

Special Interest Areas on the Ottawa