Federal Preservation of Wilderness Plans

Posted: October 27, 2014 in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development, Water Issues

For those who can read between the lines, this is what we have to look forward to in the next five years. Every aspect will likely be covered in egregious detail within the MOU and CA processes. Put this on your “watch” list. The fusing of property controls to plant animal and human health will become more onerous soon. Look up One World One Health if you want an overview of the assertion made:

Federal Agencies Offer Vision to Ensure Future Generations Can Enjoy
Wilderness*Contacts:*

Vanessa Kauffman
703-358-2138
vanessa_kauffman@fws.gov

Washington, D.C. – The federal land management agencies that make up the
National Wilderness Preservation System recently signed an agreement that
will guide interagency collaboration and vision to ensure the continued
preservation of nearly 110 million acres of the most primitive of public
lands.

The *2020 Vision: Interagency stewardship priorities for America’s National
Wilderness Preservation System* will guide the National Park Service, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Geological
Survey, all under the U.S. Department of Interior; and the U.S. Forest
Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The document outlines interagency work and partnerships with nongovernment
organizations for the management of wilderness. The plan emphasizes three
broad themes:

– Protect wilderness resources.
   – Connect people to their wilderness heritage.
   – Foster excellence in wilderness leadership and coordination.

The *2020 Vision* also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness
Act of 1964, which was passed by Congress and led to the creation of the
National Wilderness Preservation System.

The 758 wilderness areas in 44 states and Puerto Rico showcase some of
America’s most pristine landscapes — forested mountains, alpine meadows,
rock peaks above timberline, tundra, lava beds, deserts, swamps, coastal
lands and islands. These areas provide a wide array of benefits, including
cultural and historic connection to lands once inhabited by Native
Americans, clean water and air, habitat for animals, healthy landscapes for
rare and endangered species, and recreation activities that are in concert
with wilderness values.

“America’s National Wilderness Preservation System protects large expanses
of habitat that are home to hundreds of native species. At a time when the
world faces resource challenges of staggering scale and complexity, we need
to ensure these protections endure,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Director Dan Ashe. “The *2020 Vision* will help federal land management
agencies protect and expand the benefits of our wilderness areas for people
and wildlife at a landscape scale.”

In 1964, about 9 million acres of Forest Service primitive and wild areas
in 13 states immediately received permanent wilderness protection.
Subsequent bills added more lands as wilderness. Today, nearly 5 percent of
the United States is designated wilderness, with more than half of that
land in Alaska.

“The character of wilderness is unique because of its combination of
biophysical, experiential and symbolic ideals that distinguish it from
other protected places,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B.
Jarvis. “Wilderness can be a life-changing experience, and it’s part of our
mission to preserve wilderness for future generations. Our challenge is to
offer this experience to an ever-diversifying public while remaining true
to our stewardship mission.”

“We stand on the shoulders of conservation giants like Arthur Carhart, Aldo
Leopold, Bob Marshall and Howard Zahniser who played significant roles in
establishing what we now know as wilderness,” said U.S. Forest Service
Chief Tom Tidwell. “Today, we renew our commitment to interagency
leadership so that our managers, partners and volunteers have the tools,
skills and science they need to address a host of challenges as we work to
ensure an enduring legacy.”

By working together, the agencies and non-government partners have built a
model of effectiveness and efficiency that will continue as they meet the
goals of wilderness stewardship in the 21st century.

During the next five years, the agencies will focus on four priorities:

– Completing wilderness character inventories across the National
   Wilderness Preservation System using standardized interagency protocols and
   institutionalizing ongoing monitoring.
   – Fostering relevancy of wilderness to contemporary society by inspiring
   and nurturing life-long connections between people of diverse cultures and
   wilderness.
   – Strengthening commitment to and support of the interagency Arthur
   Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness
   Research Institute to foster excellence in interagency leadership and
   coordination.
   – Conducting climate vulnerability and adaptation assessments across the
   National Wilderness Preservation System to improve ecological resiliency
   across broad landscapes.

These interagency priorities will guide stewardship activities, projects
and events for all agency wilderness programs, the interagency Aldo Leopold
Wilderness Research Institute and the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness
Training Center. The *2020 Vision* updates a previous version and
incorporates interagency research and management priorities.

“Our responsibility for administering wilderness came late, compared to
other federal agencies,” said Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Neil
Kornze. “But BLM lands are now, and will remain, absolutely central to the
nation’s conservation vision.” Kornze pointed out that nearly two-thirds of
the wilderness that has been designated since 2000 has been on BLM-managed
lands and that BLM has more than 500 wilderness study areas under its
management.

“Many of us have experienced the majesty of being out on Western landscapes
that have remained largely unchanged for thousands of years,” Kornze said.
“With that same sense of wonder, the BLM looks forward to continuing its
protection of wilderness in cooperation with all who care about the
effective stewardship of these lands.”

To learn more visit *www.wilderness.net* <http://www.wilderness.net/>.

*The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others
to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their
habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a
leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our
scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources,
dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more
information on our work and the people who make it happen,
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