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La Madre Mountain Wilderness

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Area Management

The La Madre Mountain Wilderness is part of the 109 million acre National Wilderness Preservation System. This System of lands provides clean air, water, and habitat critical for rare and endangered plants and animals. In wilderness, you can enjoy challenging recreational activities like hiking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, horse packing, bird watching, stargazing, and extraordinary opportunities for solitude. You play an important role in helping to "secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness" as called for by the Congress of the United States through the Wilderness Act of 1964. Please follow the requirements outlined below and use Leave No Trace techniques when visiting the La Madre Mountain Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

Bureau of Land Management Information

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation. Wheelchairs are allowed.

The following wilderness regulations are in effect for La Madre Mountain Wilderness:

• Please limit group sizes to 12 members. • Maximum length of stay: 14 days. • Campfires are not allowed. Visitors are encouraged to use camp stoves. • For information regarding camping in this wilderness, please contact the BLM or USFS. • Camping is prohibited within one quarter mile of springs and riparian areas. • Target shooting is prohibited, except for hunting in accordance with regulations and seasons set by the State of Nevada. • Other than incidental browsing, riding and pack stock animals may be fed only packed-in, certified, weed-free feed. • Collection of natural resources, including wildlife (with the exception of hunting with a valid hunting license or tag), plants, rocks, or fossils in wilderness is prohibited without a valid scientific research and collecting permit. • Alteration of any rock surfaces by gluing, chipping or chiseling is not allowed. • No rock climbing within 50 feet of rock art • No fixed ropes or cables for climbing and/or belaying purposes may be left in wilderness.

Forest Service Information

General Wilderness Prohibitions

Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited on all federal lands designated as wilderness. This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters, unless provided for in specific legislation.

In a few areas some exceptions allowing the use of motorized equipment or mechanical transport are described in the special regulations in effect for a specific area. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information.

These general prohibitions have been implemented for all national forest wildernesses in order to implement the provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The Wilderness Act requires management of human-caused impacts and protection of the area's wilderness character to insure that it is "unimpaired for the future use and enjoyment as wilderness." Use of the equipment listed as prohibited in wilderness is inconsistent with the provision in the Wilderness Act which mandates opportunities for solitude or primitive recreation and that wilderness is a place that is in contrast with areas where people and their works are dominant.

Wilderness-Specific Regulations

Wilderness managers often need to take action to limit the impacts caused by visitor activities in order to protect the natural conditions of wilderness as required by the Wilderness Act of 1964. Managers typically implement 'indirect' types of actions such as information and education measures before selecting more restrictive measures. When regulations are necessary, they are implemented with the specific intent of balancing the need to preserve the character of the wilderness while providing for the use and enjoyment of wilderness.

The following wilderness regulations are in effect for this area. Not all regulations are in effect for every wilderness. Contact the Forest Service office or visit the websites listed for more specific information about the regulations listed.

ALL VISITORS

-- Maximum party size is 15 people.

-- Campfires including wood or charcoal burning stoves are prohibited. Liquid or gas fueled stoves are allowed for the purpose of cooking.

-- Do not shortcut switchbacks.

-- Pets should be under verbal control or leashed at all times.

-- As with all designated Wilderness, mechanical transportation (including wagons, game carts, bicycles, hang gliders, and other vehicles) is prohibited.

STOCK USERS

--Pack or saddle stock are not allowed overnight and must remain on trails specifically designated for equestrian use.


Learn more about why regulations may be necessary in wilderness.



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