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Recommendation 4: Maintain roadless areas and expand wilderness areas

Problem

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.

Goal

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.

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