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UL Bend Wilderness

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Area Management

The UL Bend Wilderness is part of the 110 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 UL Bend Wilderness to ensure protection of this unique area.

The management goals of the UL Bend NWR is to preserve, restore and manage in a generally natural setting a portion of the nationally significant Missouri River Breaks and associated ecosystems for optimum wildlife resources and provide compatible human benefits associated with its wildlife and wildlands. The specific management goals include:

l) Attain and perpetuate a balanced, natural diversity of plant and animal communities favoring endangered or threatened species, then all other native species and finally desirable exotics.

2, Provide the habitat and necessary resources for recovery or reintroduction of species endangered or threatened with extinction, as recommended by approved recovery plans.

3) Protect and maintain Congressionally established wilderness areas and state and nationally designated historic, cultural, and natural areas and objects unique to the Missouri River Breaks.

4) Restore and maintain habitat and other conditions necessary to sustain optimum populations of mammals and nonmigratory birds.

5) Manage migratory bird habitat first for production and then for use during migration.

6) Preserve and protect the integrity of the nationally significant Missouri River Breaks ecosystem.

7, Protect and maintain the natural resources of the Missouri River upstream from the Fred Robinson Bridge to complement and enhance the nationally designated Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River.

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