California BLM Wilderness Study Reports.
The following are historical documents for each of the wilderness study areas (WSAs) managed by BLM in the State of California. The documents show the location of the individual WSA, a description of it's wilderness values, and BLM's recommendation for its future suitablity as wilderness as proposed by the Secretary of Interior June 12, 1991. That recommendation was developed after a 15-year wilderness study process by the Department of Interior and BLM. The study considered the WSA's resource values, present and projected future uses of the areas, public input, the manageablility of the areas as wilderness, the environmental consequences of designating or not designating the areas as wilderness, and mineral surveys prepared by the U.S.G.S. and Bureau of Mines.
It is important to note some of these historical documents are no longer applicable. For example, most of the WSAs in the California Desert District were removed from the WSA designation by Congress. The California Desert Protection Act of 1994 either designed them as wilderness and/or released them from the WSA status.