Forest Service Agency Resources

National Strategies and Projects

About WAG

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.

Newsletters

About WIMST

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

Other 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

  • 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

Training

Forest Service Training Materials

Courses
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.

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.