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Wilderness Laws: Statutory Provisions and Prohibited and Permitted Uses


Congress enacted the Wilderness Act (P.L. 88-577; 16 U.S.C. §§ 1131-1136) in 1964. It established a National Wilderness Preservation System of federal lands "where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain." The act designated 54 wilderness areas containing 9.1 million acres of federal land within the national forests. It also reserved to Congress the authority to add areas to the system, although it also directed agencies to review the wilderness potential of certain lands. The Wilderness Act and the 132 subsequent laws1 designating wilderness contain numerous statutory provisions addressing management of wilderness areas as well as many provisions addressing prohibited and permitted uses, both generally and in specific areas.2 This report summarizes the various statutory provisions and the provisions on prohibited and permitted uses within wilderness areas. Appendix A is a list of provisions in each relevant law discussed in the sections below. Appendix B includes a complete chronological list of laws designating wilderness areas, with a summary of or quotation from all the wilderness-related provisions in each law.3 As of December 31, 2012, the National Wilderness Preservation System totaled 759 areas, with 109.5 million acres.4 The wilderness areas are part of and within the existing units of federal land administered by the several federal land management agencies-the Forest Service in the Department of Agriculture, and the National Park Service (NPS), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior


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Wilderness Laws: Statutory Provisions and Prohibited and Permitted Uses  [Order No: R41649  Release Date: Jan 17,2013  Pages: 83]

Wilderness Laws: Statutory Provisions and Prohibited and Permitted Uses  [Order No: R41649  Release Date: Oct 17,2011  Pages: 83]

Wilderness Laws: Statutory Provisions and Prohibited and Permitted Uses  [Order No: R41649  Release Date: Feb 22,2011  Pages: 83]