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The 5 th Quality of Wilderness Character. T he 5 th Quality. “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.” Wilderness Act, Section 2(c). T he 5 th Quality.

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The 5 th quality of wilderness character

The 5th QualityofWilderness Character


T he 5 th quality
The 5th Quality

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)


T he 5 th quality1
The 5th Quality

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)

    • Other Features of Value

    • Unique Attributes and Other Features

    • Unique and Supplemental

    • Optional Values


T he 5 th quality2
The 5th Quality

  • ecological

  • geological

  • scientific

  • educational

  • scenic

  • historical


A brief history of the 5 th quality
A brief history of the 5th Quality

  • ca. 2002: 1st ideas on defining “wilderness character”

    • monitoring ≠ wilderness character

  • 2008: Keeping It Wild

    • 5th Quality not recognized for monitoring purposes

    • Undeveloped included cultural resources



5 th quality v public purposes
5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

  • ecological

  • geological

  • scientific

  • educational

  • scenic

  • historic

  • recreational

  • scenic

  • scientific

  • educational

  • conservation

  • historical


5 th quality v public purposes1
5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

  • ecological

  • geological

  • scientific

  • educational

  • scenic

  • historic

  • recreational

  • scenic

  • scientific

  • educational

  • conservation

  • historical


5 th quality v public purposes2
5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

  • “a precise meaning or significance; the act of making clear and distinct”

  • Wilderness Character

  • “the employment of something for some purpose; the quality of being suitable or adaptable to an end”

  • Public Purposes


5 th quality v public purposes3
5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

Educational value


5 th quality v public purposes4
5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

Educational value

Educational use


5 th quality v public purposes5
5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

Educational value

Educational use

One of the area’s

public purposes


5 th quality v public purposes6
5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

Educational value

Part of the area’s

wilderness character

Educational use

One of the area’s

public purposes


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5th Quality v. public purposes

Definition [2(c)]

Use [4(b)]

Scenic value

Part of the area’s

wilderness character

Scenic use

One of the area’s

public purposes


5 th quality v public purposes8
5th Quality v. public purposes

To what extent do your wilderness area’s Other Features of Value contribute to making clear and distinct the area’s precise meaning and significance?

To what extent are those Other Features of Value an inextricable part of the area’s wilderness character?


Managing the 5 th quality
Managing the 5th Quality

  • Certain uses prohibited “except as necessary to meet minimum requirments for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 4(c)


Managing the 5 th quality1
Managing the 5th Quality

“thepurpose” is to preserve wilderness character

  • Certain uses prohibited “except as necessary to meet minimum requirments for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 4(c)


Managing the 5 th quality2
Managing the 5th Quality

“thepurpose” is to preserve wilderness character

NOT to facilitate public uses

  • Certain uses prohibited “except as necessary to meet minimum requirments for the administration of the area for the purpose of this Act.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 4(c)


Managing the 5 th quality3
Managing the 5th Quality


Preserving the 5 th quality
Preserving the 5th Quality

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)


Preserving the 5 th quality1
Preserving the 5th Quality

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)


Preserving the 5 th quality2
Preserving the 5th Quality

“The make-up, shape, proportions, form, or outward appearance of something.”

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)


Preserving the 5 th quality3
Preserving the 5th Quality

“The make-up, shape, proportions, form, or outward appearance of something.”

“Any prominent or distinctive aspect or quality.

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)


Preserving the 5 th quality4
Preserving the 5th Quality

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)


Preserving the 5 th quality5
Preserving the 5th Quality

  • “A wilderness...(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”

    • Wilderness Act, Section 2(c)


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