BLM Oregon and Washington Wilderness

The Bureau of Land Management's National Conservation Lands, also known as the National Landscape Conservation System, contain some of the West's most spectacular landscapes. It includes over 886 federally recognized areas and approximately 27 million acres that include Wilderness areas.

Wilderness is Congressionally-designated pieces of land that is managed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964 to "...secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness." Wilderness areas are places where natural processes take precedent; areas managed so that nature remains substantially unchanged by human use. Rugged trails provide the only access into wilderness, and travel is restricted to foot or horseback.

The BLM manages eight Wilderness Areas in Oregon (nearly 247,000 acres) and one Wilderness Area in Washington (over 7,000 acres). Wilderness Areas are designated by Congress. The Wilderness Act of 1964 defines wilderness as “an area ... which (1) generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature ...; (2) has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined  type of recreation; (3) has at least five thousand acres of land...; and (4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.

All Oregon and Washington Wilderness

Visit our wilderness pages in Oregon and Washington through the links below.