U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
IDAHO | National Conservation Lands
Lands in these Wilderness areas are managed according to the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness and Wild & Scenic River Plan. All lands formerly in the Upper Deep Creek, Sheep Creek East, Sheep Creek West, Big Willow Springs, Squaw Creek Canyon, Middle Fork Owyhee River, and West Fork Red Canyon WSAs are now managed under the Bruneau Management Framework Plan (MFP), Jarbidge Resource Management Plan (RMP), or Owyhee Resource Management Plan (RMP).
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.
Rimrock High School students have been fabricating and installing signs to mark cherrystems in Owyhee Canyonlands (right).