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Are cabins and lookouts allowed in wilderness?
The Wilderness Act provides for administrative cabins and other facilities "...to meet minimum requirements for the administration of the area for the purpose of the Act..." The need for all existing administrative structures and facilities, including cabins, fire lookouts, buildings, fences, trails, airfields, helipads, and communication facilities is evaluated in each wilderness management plan. A decision to construct, maintain or remove an administrative facility is based primarily on whether it is required to preserve wilderness character or values or is essential to ensure public safety. Such decisions are not based on administrative convenience, economy of effort, or convenience to the public. Maintenance or removal of historic structures must also comply with cultural resource protection policies. Special rules apply that allow the construction, use, and occupancy of cabins and other structures in Alaska.