U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
What is a Cherrystem?
Cherrystems are spurs of roads in Wilderness areas that do not themselves have wilderness status. The boundary of a Wilderness area extends up one side of a cherrystem route, around its terminus and down the other side of the roadway, to allow for motorized or mechanized activity on the roadway that is prohibited in the Wilderness area.
The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 also designated a few cherrystem routes that cross entirely through the Big Jacks Creek, Bruneau-Jarbidge Rivers, and Owyhee River Wilderness Areas.
All cherrystem routes are signed and open to motorized and mechanical transport unless posted otherwise. Please stay on established cherrystem routes to protect adjacent wilderness.
Some BLM cherry stem signs were created by Rim Rock High School students in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management.
A cherrystem sign in the wilderness
2014 marks 50 years of Wilderness