Wilderness Connect, housed on the University of Montana campus, acknowledges that we are on the traditional lands of the Salish and Kalispel peoples, who have stewarded this land throughout many generations and are its past, present, and future caretakers.
- Interactive Map
- 2019 Printable Wilderness Map (this is a large file)
- Story Maps
- Overall Benefits of Wilderness
- Wilderness Protects Drinking Water Sources
- Wilderness Protects Elk and Deer Migration Routes near Yellowstone National Park
- Wilderness Protects the Home of the Endangered Desert Tortoise
- Wilderness and the History of the Coast Guard in the Brigantine Wilderness
- Wilderness and Protected Ecosystems
- Wilderness and Protected Rocks
- Wilderness Recreation Close to Home
- Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails
- Wilderness and Science Mapping Weeds in the Welcome Creek Wilderness
- Wilderness and Sound Pollution
By law, boundary descriptions of wilderness are available to the public. Boundary descriptions for all Forest Service wilderness areas are available for download online. For wilderness areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Park Service, boundary descriptions can be obtained by contacting the managing office.
The National Wilderness Preservation System is comprised of wilderness areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service. The dataset available here was created by mining and combining the best available data from these federal agencies into a single dataset representative of the entire wilderness system. The Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation, through a unique partnership with these four agencies, maintains and serves this public dataset online in both map service and shapefile format.
A shapefile of the entire NWPS and our public wilderness feature service are for use by those with GIS mapping software and expertise using and manipulating geographic data. Feature level metadata is available for all boundaries; this Excel spreadsheet provides the date of last update and contact information for the person, or source, from which the data was obtained. Boundaries are generally reobtained from the managing agencies and updated within this dataset annually.
The most comprehensive collection of protected lands, regardless of jurisdiction. Maintained by the USGS, this dataset includes wilderness areas, other federal protected lands (Parks, Refuges, WSAs, roadless areas, DOD and Army Corps lands etc.), state lands, and privately protected lands. The dataset also provides a link between the IUCN international protected areas classification and domestic protected area classifications.
The Forest Service visitor map provides prospective visitors to National Forests and Grasslands with access to information about agency roads, trails and recreational sites through a simple online interface.
Forest Service lands under the roadless rule, nationwide, as well as those under the Colorado and Idaho roadless rules.
This Forest Service-managed dataset of the continental United States models the lands most important for surface drinking water, the role forests play in protecting these areas, and the extent to which these forests are threatened by development, insects and disease, and wildland fire.
This interactive map provides a nationally-consistent approach for classifying watershed conditions on Forest Service lands.
This interactive map brings together various data sources to provide current wildland fire locational and activity maps.