Wilderness Facts

Fact Sheet for Sandwich Range Wilderness extensions

bulletWilderness areas support a wide range of recreational activities including hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, bird watching, and even walking your dog! The only prohibitions are against motorized equipment (like chain saws) and mechanized transportation (like bicycles.)
bulletDuring the 1999-2000 public comment period for the current Forest Plan Revision, almost three quarters of the comments concerning Wilderness stated a desire for more Wilderness in the WMNF.
bulletIn a 1998 survey of 1000 randomly selected New Englanders, 94% agreed that "remaining undisturbed forests on the WMNF should be protected."  Only 32% agreed that economics should be the highest priority in forest planning.  The survey was commissioned by the Forest Service and conducted by the University of Vermont.  (This and other surveys are summarized by the Heritage Forests Campaign.)
bulletIn 1998 and 1999, over 2000 people signed a local petition to "save Sandwich Notch" from the effects of impending timber harvesting.
bulletTotal area of the White Mountain National Forest: 776,000 acres
bulletTotal "timber base" in the WMNF: 345,000 acres
bulletTotal Wilderness in the WMNF: 114,932 acres
bulletSize of the existing Sandwich Range Wilderness: 25,000 acres
bulletTotal area of proposed Wilderness extensions: 32,700 acres
bulletCurrent "timber base" within the proposed extensions: 11,600 acres
bulletFraction of NH timber harvest that comes from the WMNF: 2.1%

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