BLM Guidance for Wilderness Study Areas

Monday, April 22, 2013

In 2012, the Bureau of Land Management released Manual 6330, which replaced the agency's longstanding policy for management of Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs), known as the Interim Management Policy for Lands Under Wilderness Review (IMP). Manual 6330 does not provide for designation of new WSAs, but it does require more protective management for existing WSAs than the IMP.

The Wilderness Society developed this guide, which provides a side-by-side comparison of management issues in Manual 6330 and the IMP. This guide shows specifically what changes have been made in management policy for WSAs, and outlines the new management requirements BLM must comply with per Manual 6330.

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