This handbook is designed as a reference for those working to protect what is left of wild America. It sets forth the relevant laws, regulations, and policies that govern the creation, expansion, and management of the National Wilderness Preservation System.
The Wilderness Act is printed in its entirety, along with interpretation and excerpts from and analysis of subsequent legislation that has influenced the designation or management of wilderness. This handbook also addresses important wilderness management issues. We hope the handbook proves to be a useful manual for those committed to maintaining the precious values of America's wildlands.