Each feature class or feature dataset is in Geographic (GCS) NAD83 unless otherwise noted
This theme represents the results of an inventory of wilderness characteristics found, or not found, on BLM lands in Oregon and Washington. This data set shows the polygons for areas found to possess wilderness characteristics, plus polygons for those areas that were intensively inventoried and found to not meet minimum wilderness criteria. All BLM lands outside of designated Wilderness Areas and Wilderness Study Areas are periodically evaluated for wilderness characteristics based on meeting minimum criteria for
size, naturalness and outstanding opportunities for solitude or primitive and unconfined recreation.
Where such inventories have been updated, those BLM lands not depicted by polygons were deemed to clearly lack wilderness characteristics in an initial scan of size and roadlessness to determine areas warranting more intensive inventory.
The WILD_CHAR will serve as the depository of the latest inventory findings on the presence or absence of wilderness characteristics on all BLM lands in OR/WA that are outside of wilderness or WSA. This inventory data will be used at all levels of planning and National Environmental Policy Act analysis to help identify if wilderness characteristics are present for a proposed planning area and what those characteristics are. This inventory information in combination with other resource data will also be used to help determine the potential effects of any proposed actions to wilderness characteristics where present