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Area Management

The Lostwood 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 Lostwood Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

In an effort to restore and maintain the compositions of plant and animal species indigenous to this area, current management of the Lostwood Wilderness includes prescribed fire, rotational grazing and rest. Fires reduce woody and non-native plant encroachment, and grazing stimulates native grasses to “tiller” or spread their root system allowing them to compete with invasive species.