GIS and GPS Downloadable Data

Wilderness shapefiles are for use by those with GIS mapping software and expertise using and manipulating geographic data. Shapefiles of the entire wilderness system, as well as individual areas, are available for download below. A public wilderness feature service can be added in ArcGIS online or to other online maps. The feature service is full-featured and is available at world-room scales. The feature service includes both wilderness polygons and non-wilderness lands found within wilderness (private, state government, local government or tribal inholdings and edgeholdings from the Bureau of Land Management’s National Surface Management Agency Area Polygons - National Geospatial Data Asset).

This data is available for public use of any kind. Crediting Wilderness Connect is requested. Wilderness Connect maintains and updates wilderness boundary data annually using official national agency wilderness GIS sources and acreage data from agency Realty Offices. More frequent updates occur as needed to add newly designated or expanded areas. As such, this consistently remains the most current and accurate wilderness dataset available online. Feature level metadata is available for boundaries that have been updated since 7/22/2009. This Excel spreadsheet provides the date of last update and contact information for the source from which the data was obtained.

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