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Connecting federal employees, scientists, educators, and the public with their wilderness heritage
Bob Marshall Wilderness (Credit: Erin D. Clark) Four Peaks Wilderness (Credit: John Groseclose) Land managers attend a Carhart Center training AQV Monitoring (Credit: Bill Hodge) Map skills, like those taught during a  Bay Area Wilderness Training course, are essential in the wilderness. Spanish Peaks Wilderness (Credit: Steve Arnold) Green frog in the Great Swamp NWR Wilderness (Credit: Kurt Hasselman)
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Wilderness and Rivers and Trails

Two pivotal laws, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the National Trails Act, were enacted almost 50 years ago when outdoor enthusiasts and congressional champions demanded free-flowing rivers and trails to connect people to the outdoors. Wild & Scenic Rivers flow through nearly 12% of wilderness areas; 89 wilderness areas in all protect the land surrounding iconic and obscure rivers like the Rogue, Chattooga, and Pecos. National Trails like the Pacific Crest and Appalachian National Scenic Trails and the Iditarod and Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trails traverse pass through more than 125 wilderness areas.


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A student conducting invasive plant inventory using a GPS unit is a public wilderness information website formed in 1996 through a collaborative partnership between the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute--the federal government's wilderness training and research arms, respectively--and the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana.

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