Wilderness Area

An area of public land designated by an Act of Congress to be protected in its natural condition according to the requirements of the Wilderness Act of 1964 with the following characteristics: (1) It generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable; (2) It has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfirmed type of recreation; (3) It 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) It may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic or historical value (Wilderness Act, Sec. 2(c)).
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