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DEFINITION OF WILDERNESS
(from the Wilderness Act - 1964)
A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where
man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area
where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man
himself is a visitor who does not remain. An area of wilderness is further
defined to mean in this Act an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its
primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human
habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural
conditions and which
(1) generally appears to have been affected
primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially
(2) has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a
primitive and unconfined type of recreation;
(3) has at least five thousand acres of land or is
of sufficient size as to make practicable its preservation and use in an
unimpaired condition; and
(4) may also contain ecological, geological, or other
features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value
The state of Nevada is roughly 70,264,320 acres. Of that acreage, 3,448,418 acres or 5,388.15 Sq Miles are federally protected as wilderness that restrict mechanical access.
Listed below are the 70 Wilderness Areas in Nevada. They are listed in A to Z and have Hyperlinks to sites for
more information on the areas listed....
Death Valley Wilderness Total Acres: 3,102,456 Year Designated: 1994 Agency: National Park Service *** – The Death Valley Wilderness is located on the
Nevada/California border. Of the 3,102,456 total acres, 45,350 acres are
located in Nevada.