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Green Mountain National Forest Wilderness : An Enduring Resource. What We Will Do :. Lay out the locations and some of the highlights of the eight Green Mountain National Forest Wilderness areas.
Wilderness : An Enduring Resource
Pioneers had cleared the land in Vermont:
75% cleared to 25% forested.
In the late 1800’s, people in America began to realize wilderness as a limited resource that needed protection.
George Perkins Marsh
The first Chief of the Forest Service in 1905.
The Glastenbury Wilderness has the Appalachian and Long Trail traverse its slopes for eight miles or so.
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adds Glastenbury as an entirely new wilderness at 22,425 acres.
The Joseph Battell Wilderness area traverses about 9.9 miles of the Long Tail.
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adds Joseph Battell Wilderness as an entirely new wilderness at 12,333 acres.
New issues in the new Wilderness: Rock climbing, ice climbing, caving, bat protection and the disturbance of fragile plants in a Resource Natural Area on the MT Horrid Cliffs in the Joseph Battell Wilderness will likely need upper management recognition to sort how to best legally protect the resources.
The Breadloaf Wilderness is named after Bread Loaf Mountain at 3,835 feet.
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adds 3,757 acres.
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adds 47 acres.
The Peru Peak Wilderness is named after the highest mountain in the area.
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adds 752 acres.
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adds 2,338 acres.
The George D. Aiken Wilderness was named after the late senator who helped secure the Eastern Wilderness Act of 1975.
The Moosalamoo National Recreation Area (NRA) was established under the New England Wilderness Act of 2006.
The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 created an entirely new NRA at 15,800 acres.
Some Initial Administrative Steps Involving the Implementation of the New England Wilderness Act of 2006
… wilderness areas shall be devoted to the public purposes of recreational, scenic, scientific, educational, conservation, and historical use.
…”devoted to the public purposes of recreational,scenic, scientific, educational, conservation, and historical use”
…”devoted to the public purposes of recreational, scenic, scientific, educational, conservation, and historical use”
Leave No Trace Puppet Show and Hands-on Activity Station
A loss of naturalness and wildness is incremental.
Ultimately, in the long run, if monitoring is not consciously done, “degradation creep” builds up to dramatic levels and it is often difficult to reverse.
Joseph Battell Wilderness: An old, abandoned human shelter remaining as trash and an unidentifiable, research study plot marker (one of many here).
Some Wilderness Ranger Activities to Protect Wilderness as an Enduring Resource
Human-made Structure Removal: From Native Materials to Processed Wood Construction
Monitoring Motorized and Mechanical Equipment Trespass: Motorcycles and ATV’S
Non- Recreation Special Use Permits
Recreation Special Use Permits
< A sign has been placed stating no cutting or maintaining of new trails is allowed without permission on an illegally cut trail.
Repeated glade skiing by groups does undocumented damage on vegetation too. >
Photo by Jeff Harvey 1/27/2008
To have all the Forest Service wilderness areas managed
to a “minimum stewardship level” by 2014 coinciding
with the 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act.
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INFRA WILD : National Reporting
Wilderness Regulations Report Wilderness Management Records
Special Uses Summary Report
Wilderness.net Web Links Summary
Wilderness.net Public Contact Summary
Accomplishment Report Summary
* All color photographs by Ken Norden except the one taken by Jeff Harvey