Area Management

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Management Background

The Oregon Badlands Wilderness is part of the 110 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the Oregon Badlands Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Areas within the boundaries of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness are closed to motorized use. All pack animals are limited to designated trails. Rockhounding, vending, and the use of paint ball guns are prohibited within the Oregon Badlands Wilderness as are carving of trees, vandalism, and graffiti.

The maximum group size is 20 people per group. Some activities, particularly special events, organized group outings, and those that are commercial in nature, require a Special Recreation Permit. For more information, contact the BLM Prineville District Office.

Friend Groups and Partners

The mission of Friends of Oregon Badlands Wilderness (F.o.B., the Fobbits) is to restore, protect and preserve the Oregon Badlands Wilderness. Individuals are engaged in the community, in education and restoration projects while at the same time deepening their connection with the landscape and building support for wilderness in Oregon. Volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Oregon Badlands are available online at:


The BLM is currently analyzing the public comments received on the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Management Plan and Environmental Assessment. The comment period closed in September 2013. For more questions or to be added to the mailing list, please contact Berry Phelps, BLM Project Lead at bphelps@blm.gov or (541) 416-6723.

A copy of the Environmental Assessment, along with other related documents, is available here: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/plans/nepa-details.php?id=2074