Wild River History

History of Wild River and Wilderness

South Baldface by Robert J KozlowSouth Baldface by Robert J Kozlow

Large, old growth white pines from the Wild River Valley are sent down river to mills

More than 80,000 acres in the White Mountains are burned in forest fires attributed to the large amount of slash left after the forestry operations.

The Weeks Act is passed, allowing the creation of the White Mountain National Forest.

The Wilderness Act is passed, and Great Gulf Wilderness is designated with 5,552 acres.

The Eastern Wilderness Act is passed, and the Presidential Dry River Wilderness is designated with 20,380 acres

Rare II is released (Roadless Area Review and Evaluation). Wild River is designated as an area that could be designated as wilderness in future forest planning cycles. “The area presently offers outstanding opportunities for solitude and this would be increased if it was designated as wilderness.” However its final designation was one of a “soft release” area, an area that could be designated as wilderness in the next forest planning cycle.

The New Hampshire Wilderness Bill is passed, establishing the Pemigewasset and Sandwich Range Wilderness Areas, totaling more than 77,000 acres.

The Friends of Wild River are working to federally designate Wild River as a Wilderness area, and you can help!


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