Last updated: February 17, 2010
Desert NWR Proposed Wilderness
In 1974, approximately 1,433,100 acres within the Desert National Wildlife Refuge were found suitable for further consideration as wilderness and were proposed for designation as a unit of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Currently, the area remains in proposed wilderness status and is managed as "de facto" wilderness in accordance with National Wildlife Refuge System policy.
wilderness proposal will be reevaluated during the Comprehensive Conservation
Plan (CCP) environmental impact statement (EIS) process which is underway
currently for the Desert NWR. Changes to the proposal will be made as
needed and a decision made on the wilderness status.