Forest Service Agency Resources
National Strategies and Projects
Wilderness Performance Management
Wilderness Stewardship Performance
Chief's Wilderness Advisory Group
The Chief’s Wilderness Advisory Group (WAG) is a team of field-based managers from each National Forest Region. Additional representatives serve on the committee from the regional recreation directors, the Washington Office, the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center, and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. The WAG acts as a conduit between field level managers and national wilderness leadership. In addition to providing support and assistance to the field, it also provides ideas and suggestions to leadership.
Wilderness Information Management Steering Team
The Wilderness Information Management Steering Team (WIMST) is a team of field-based managers from each National Forest Region. Additional representatives serve on the committee from the Washington Office, academia and Infra (the agency corporate data system). The WIMST provides feedback and direction to national level information management activities such as Information Needs Analyses, monitoring protocols, database development, field data collection tools, performance reporting and web sites.
National Wilderness Award Program Information
- Award Categories
- 2011 Wilderness Awards
- 2012 Wilderness Awards
- 2013 Wilderness Awards
- 2014 Wilderness Awards
- 2015 Wilderness Awards
- 2016 Wilderness Awards
- 2017 Wilderness Awards
- 2018 Wilderness Awards
- Daryl Bressan, Wilderness Ranger on the San Isabel National Forest, was awarded the 2011 Early Detection Rapid Response Award
- University of Montana students Chris Armatas and Carly Campbell received the 2016 National Wilderness Award for Excellence in Wilderness Research Applications
Forest Service Management
Laws, Policy, and Regulations
Policy & Regulations
- Wilderness Management 101
- Wilderness Stewardship Desk Guide - Management Practices for the National Forests
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- Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Desk Guide
Issues and Toolboxes
Wilderness Ranger Resources
- Wilderness Ranger Field Guide
The materials displayed in this document first appeared in 1993 and were published in a 5"x8" notebook format, distributed to all national forest offices with wilderness management responsibilities. Since 1993 many aspects of wilderness management have evolved but the job of the Wilderness Ranger remains much the same.
This handbook is being provided on-line as a source of ideas for those training wilderness rangers and volunteers. For updates to monitoring protocols, forms, and data analysis and other procedures, policies, and guidelines please visit the appropriate Toolboxes.
The Wilderness Ranger Field Guide is also available in an editable format that may be revised and updated as needed to meet local needs.
- Wilderness Ranger Toolbox
- Fundamentals of Wilderness Management Toolbox
Forest Service Training Materials
Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center
Presentations on The Wilderness Act of 1964
The Wilderness Act of 1964 training presentations are divided into segments which can be combined or used separately to fit the training objective and local audience. The presenter should insert local images and modify the slides as needed to reflect local topics.
- Wilderness Act History and Purpose
- Facts and Trivia
- Values and Benefits
- Definitions and Management
- Other Laws
- Stewardship Principles
- Court Decisions
- FS Policy
- More Information
Presentations on Minimum Requirements Analysis
The Minimum Requirements Analysis training presentations are divided into segments which can be combined or used separately to fit the training objective and local audience. The presenter should insert local images and modify the slides as needed to reflect local topics.
Workshop Agenda Examples
Workshop Planning Aids
Workshop Training Materials and Handouts
- The Wilderness Act of 1964
- Wilderness Regulations
- Wilderness Policy
- Desk Guide
- AFWA Fish and Wildlife Policies and Guidelines (Fish and Wildlife Resources Toolbox)
- AFWA Fish and Wildlife FAQs