Introduction to wilderness (Alt + 1)
What is wilderness? (Alt + 2)
Where is wilderness? (Alt + 3)
Why do we choose to protect wilderness? (Alt + 4)
How is wilderness managed? (Alt + 5)
Who is connected to wilderness? (Alt + 6)
Wilderness up close (Alt + 7)
Wilderness and You (Alt + 8)
Careers in wilderness
The first step
The next step
Help and Information Center (Alt + H)
Return to Wilderness Main Index (Alt + I)
Return to Views Visitor Center (Alt + V)
Glossary (Alt + G)
Text-only Page (Alt +T)
Teacher Resource Center for Wilderness (Alt + R)

High visitation in sensitive areas has disrupted the natural systems on which sensitive plants and animals rely. Huge expanses of wilderness have experienced destructive changes because of fire suppression. Invasive species of plants and animals are invading natural areas and destroying native species in wilderness all across the country. In light of all these issues, it would be easy to become frustrated by the sheer size of these challenges and do nothing. However, you can always do something to help protect and preserve wilderness, and you do not have to visit wilderness to actively protect it. A great way to work for wilderness is to volunteer. You can check with your local land management bureau to see what volunteer projects you can become involved in. You may even decide that working in or for wilderness is the right career path for you.

Wilderness is part of our country’s system of public lands—lands that are set aside for the public and managed by the public. Every citizen has a voice

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