Promoting Wilderness

Our wilderness & roadless program

ForestWatch works to ensure that existing wilderness and roadless areas remain wild. We oppose any additional road construction in these pristine areas, and encourage the removal of any activities that are inconsistent with wilderness protection. We are conducting a forest-wide inventory of roads that are damaging resources or are no longer in usable condition, and will identify those roads most qualified for decommissioning. In addition, we work with the agency to monitor and prevent illegal roads.

To ensure that increased visitor use does not compromise wilderness values, we encourage the Forest Service to create management plans for each wilderness area. ForestWatch also advocates for the protection of additional wilderness areas. We work with the Forest Service and legislators to identify areas most in need of wilderness designation, and monitor these areas to ensure their protection in the interim.