U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
|Elko District Office/Recreation|
Wilderness Study Areas
What is Wilderness?
Condition of Roads, Ways, and Primitive Routes in Tuscarora Field Office Wilderness Study Areas
What is a Wilderness Study Area?
From 1977-1992, the BLM evaluated 860 roadless areas, called "Wilderness Study Areas," (WSA) encompassing more than 27 million acres in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The BLM has recommended that Congress designate 330 WSAs (9.7 million acres) as Wilderness and release all or parts of the other WSAs for other uses. However, until Congress passes laws to that effect, the BLM must protect the wilderness characteristics of all the WSAs. By law, management of WSAs is less restrictive than management of Wilderness but activities that would impair land suitability for wilderness designation are prohibited. The Elko District Office manages 10 Wilderness Study Areas totalling more than 272,000 acres. They are places "untrammeled by man offering outstanding opportunities for solitude and recreation”.
Map of Elko District Office Wilderness Study Areas
Do’s and Don’ts in Wilderness Study Areas