Tools and Fact Sheets: Wilderness Designation

Juniper Prairie Wilderness
USDA
Of the 618 million acres of federal public lands in the United States, roughly 110 million acres is officially designated wilderness.

Without wilderness designation, America would not boast such an incredible estate of protected wilderness. The below tools and fact sheets provide more information about wilderness designation:

Wilderness: America’s Natural Heritage

Wilderness: America’s Natural Heritage is a useful hand-out that promotes Wilderness while advocating for an Omnibus Public Lands Bill during the 111th Congress.

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Mountain biking in wilderness

The language in the Wilderness Act of 1964 does not allow for the use of motorized vehicles in designated wilderness, and that mountain bikes are “exactly the sort of mechanical transport the law intended to prohibit in wilderness.”

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Memorandum of understanding

Cooperative National Security and Counterterrorism Efforts on Federal Lands along the U.S. Borders

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is between the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Interior and Agriculture regarding cooperative National Security and Counterterrorism Efforts on Federal Lands along the United States’ borders.

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Managing wildfires in wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964 allows agencies to take any measure to control a fire. This includes creating fire roads, fire breaks, backfires or aerial suppression.

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Grazing in wilderness

The Wilderness Act of 1964 established grazing guidelines in wilderness areas. Wilderness designation allows for grazing in most designated areas, and motorized vehicles can be used for resource protection when deemed necessary.

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