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National Wilderness Preservation System
National Wilderness Preservation System.

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Designated wilderness in the National Park Service is part of the
National Wilderness Preservation System - a network of 765 wilderness areas managed by four federal agencies that protect over 109 million acres of land and water in the United States.



 
Pie chart showing the National Wilderness Preservation System split up by agency percentage.

The National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) is co-managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Each federal agency manages several individual wilderness units that differ in size and geography:

  • NPS: 61 wilderness units = approx. 40% of the NWPS area
  • BLM: 224 wilderness units = approx. 8% of the NWPS area
  • USFWS: 71 wilderness units = approx. 18% of the NWPS area
  • USFS: 445 wilderness units = approx. 33% of the NWPS area
For more information about the National Wilderness Preservation System and the other agencies, please visit wilderness.net


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