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Connecting federal employees, scientists, educators, and the public with their wilderness heritage

About Us

Wilderness Connect is a website formed in 1996 through a collaborative partnership between the College of Forestry and Conservation's Wilderness Institute at The University of Montana, the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. The latter two partners are the wilderness training and research arms of the Federal government, respectively. The program's day-to-day activities are overseen by a working group and steering committee with additional oversight provided by the federal interagency National Wilderness Steering Committee and Wilderness Policy Council. Read the Fiscal Year 2018 annual program report.

Wilderness COnnect educates hundreds of thousands of visitors each year about wilderness and the value of public lands preservation. The site houses the only officially-recognized, national, comprehensive, inter-agency database of information about all Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service wilderness areas. Not only does it serve as the definitive Internet source for wilderness acreages, area descriptory information, and GIS boundaries, Wilderness Connect works directly with agency wilderness management staff to provide other important information, such as regulations, trip planning tips and contact information. In addition to learning about specific wilderness areas, visitors can also access educational information on wilderness history, important and influential personalities, the values and benefits of wilderness, threats to wilderness and much more. Through a variety of online libraries, also provides access to imagery, quotes, multimedia, wilderness legislation, legislative history, special provisions, agency policies, reports and MOUs, and scientific literature and research. In addition, provides wilderness and land management staff with job-related toolboxes of resources that address over 30 current wilderness management topics.