In 1978, the BLM began reviewing the lands it administered to ascertain which of them possessed wilderness characteristics, as defined in the Wilderness Act (1964). This review was conducted in each State in three phases: Inventory, Study and Reporting. The documents below reflect the work completed during Phase II (Study).
The BLM studied alternatives for designating wilderness study areas (WSAs) as all wilderness, partially wilderness or no wilderness. This information is found in the studies linked below.
Statewide Small WSAs | 1989
The WSAs in the studies below have either been designated as Wilderness or released from WSA status.
Owyhee Wilderness Proposed MFP Amendment | 1986
Jacks Creek Wilderness | 1989
Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness | 1989