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Wilderness Forums

Wilderness Forums

Mount Evans Wilderness photoWelcome to Wilderness Forums

Population growth and increased urban development adjacent to National Forest wildernesses in Colorado has significantly increased over the past decade.  In some wildernesses, recreation use exceeds Forest Plan standards and guidelines for visitation resulting in resource damage.  In order to address this complex problem and to plan a strategy to protect wilderness character into the future, the Regional Office is hosting several Recreation Forums and Wilderness Field Trips.

Mt. Zirkel Wilderness photo

These events will bring Forest Service line officers, wilderness managers, partners and user groups together for a closer examination of the issues related to high use.  Also, it will provide a forum for discussing how to manage these popular wilderness destinations in the future.

A core group of participants will be asked to develop a summary report to the Regional Forester and Colorado Forest Supervisors on management strategies that the Regional Forester and/or Forest Supervisors should consider to achieve a desired future condition.

Each Forum will begin with a presentation from a leading Forest Service wilderness researcher to frame the resource issues and concerns.  Additionally, Forest Service wilderness managers will outline potential management actions that might be considered to resolve the on-the-ground problems of overuse, resource damage and loss of the wilderness character in destination areas.

Three Forums were conducted in 2006. Each Forum began with a keynote address from a leading US Forest Service scientist and a Wilderness Manager. Click on a Forum image from below to get more information.

 

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DATE OF FORUM

FORUM TOPIC

04/18/2006

NATIONAL TRENDS

Presenter #1: Dr. Ken Cordell, Project Leader for Recreation, Wilderness, Urban Forest, and Demographic Trend Research, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station.
Presenter #2: Loretta McEllhiney, USFS Wilderness Specialist, Pike National Forest, Leadville Ranger District.

Wilderness Planning Forum photo and link to page
10/04/2006

REGIONAL WILDERNESS PLANNING

Presenter:  Dr. David Cole, USFS Wilderness Researcher, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.

Dr. Cole will present on the importance of regional wilderness planning and describe the trade-offs of implementing different management actions.

Managing Wilderness Recreation Use Forum photo and link to page
11/15/2006

MANAGING WILDERNESS RECREATION USE

Presenter #1: Ann Schwaller, USFS Researcher, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).
Presenter #2: Mike Smith, USFS Wilderness Manager, Pike-San Isabel National Forest, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.
Presenter #3: Mike Hesse, Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI), Managing South Colony Basin, Sangre de Cristo Wilderness.

This forum will address the possible monitoring strategies and potential management actions to resolve current Forest Plan standard conflicts.

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12/18/2006

CORE TEAM PRESENTATION

The Core Team will present possible wilderness management recommendations for administering Colorado's "high-use" wildernesses to the Regional Forester and Colorado Forest Supervisors.

 

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