Wild places under threat

Great places across the country could be ruined as a result of Congress terminating the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Lands policy and by a bill proposed by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

Both seek to open up Wilderness-quality lands – those untrammeled places protected by The Wilderness Act of 1964 – to development, mining and other destructive uses. They also attack lands deemed Inventoried Roadless Areas, which are not allowed to be developed. The following is a glance at just a number of places now facing grave threats.

Wild places under threat


  • Bright Star Wilderness proposed additions
  • Caliente Mountain proposed wilderness in Carrizo Plain National Monument
  • Bodie WSA
  • Skedaddle WSA
  • Fish Canyon Inventoried Roadless Area (IRA) – Angeles National Forest
  • Sheep Mountain -- Angeles National Forest
  • Orleans Mountain – connects Trinity Alps and Marble Mountain Wilderness Areas – Klamath National Forest
  • Castle Peak – Tahoe National Forest


  • West Cold Spring WSA


  • Meadow Creek, Nez Perce National Forest
  • Peace Rock Roadless, Boise National Forest


  • Badger Two Medicine roadless lands
  • Gallatin Range WSA
  • Hyalite-Porcupine-Buffalo Horn WSA between Bozeman and Yellowstone


  • Wall Canyon Wilderness Study Area (WSA)
  • Alder Creek
  • Burbank Canyons

New Mexico

  • Petaca Pinta WSA
  • Santa Fe Watershed IRA

North Carolina

  • Overflow WSA in the Nantahala National Forest


  • Burning Hills WSA
  • Carcass Canyon WSA – Eastern Garfield and Kane Counties

At risk are cherished places within Utah’s red rock country:

  • Parunuweap Canyon
  • Paria/Hackberry – nearly half released
  • Jack Canyon – entirely released
  • Moquith Mountain – entirely released
  • Devil’s Canyon – entirely released
  • Winter Ridge within the Book Cliffs


  • Teanaway IRA in the North Cascades, on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
  • Tiffany IRA
  • Kettle Crest IRA of the Colville National Forest

West Virginia

  • East Fork of Greenbrier IRA and the Seneca Creek IRA in the Monongahela National Forest


  • Adobe Town WSA
  • Wyoming Range roadless lands including Bridger Teton National Forest