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Recommendation 4: Maintain roadless areas and expand wilderness areas


Roadless areas are increasinngly rare across the West, as roads and other development activities continue to bisect previously intact forestlands. Despite the well-documented negative impacts of development, wildland and wilderness areas — which present unique and valuable opportunities for recreation and research — are increasingly impacted by local and global pressures.


To promote the value of wilderness and roadless areas as critical components of functioning, healthy landscapes — components that provide many ecological, economic, and social benefits.