Science & Research

Scientists monitor the intertidal zone.
Scientists monitor the Olympic Wilderness intertidal zone.

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Wilderness areas host complex landscapes (and waterscapes) with diverse ecological systems and cultural resources. The findings from applied science and research helps managers make more informed decisions -resulting in a better understanding of these complex systems and the interplay between NPS wilderness, adjacent lands, and people.

In partnership with the interagency Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, the Wilderness Stewardship Division supports science and research projects that study wilderness, including:
  • Ecological Inteventions
  • Wilderness Character Monitoring and Mapping Threats to Wilderness Character
  • Wildland Fire and Effects of Fire Suppression
  • Recreation Ecology
  • Social and Economic Values and Benefits of Wilderness

Last updated: May 25, 2017