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The first graph here shows the qualities, questions, indicators, and measures used in wilderness character monitoring at the USDA Forest Service. Qualities of wilderness character on the left are paired with one or more monitoring questions, which in turn are answered by one or more indicators, each with one or more trendable measures.

Measures represented by a filled black circle are required for all wilderness areas. When an indicator has a group of measures represented by hollow black circles, one or more of these measures is required. Measures represented by a filled grey circle are optional. Lastly, measures represented by a filled grey circle (down at the bottom) are required where relevant.

In addition to these 28 standard measures, a wilderness area may use a custom measure to capture trends based on other available data. In most cases we don't use every possible measure to represent an indicator.

4 Wilderness Character Trend Reports at 448 Wilderness Areas
2020 2025 2030
Absaroka-Beartooth r1 r2
measure entry
measure selection
Agua Tibia r5
Aldo Leopold r3
Alexander Springs r8
Allegheny Islands r9
Alpine Lakes r6
Alta Toquima r4
Anaconda Pintler r1
measure selection
Ansel Adams r5
Apache Creek r3
Apache Kid r3
Arc Dome r4
Ashdown Gorge r4
Badger Creek r6
Bald Knob r9
Bald Mountain r4
Bald River Gorge r8
Barbours Creek r8
Bay Creek r9
Beartown r8
Bear Wallow r3
Beaver Creek r8
Bell Mountain r9
Big Branch r9
Big Draft r9
Big Frog r8
Big Gum Swamp r8
Bighorn Mountain r5
Big Island Lake r9
Big Laurel Branch r8
Big Slough r8
Billies Bay r8
Birkhead Mountains r8
Black Canyon r6
Black Creek r8
Black Elk r2
Black Fork Mountain r8
Blackjack Springs r9
Blood Mountain r8
Blue Range r3
Bob Marshall r1
Boulder Creek r6
Boulder River r6
Boundary Peak r5
Boundary Waters Canoe Area r9
Box-Death Hollow r4
Bradwell Bay r8
Brasstown r8
Breadloaf r9
Bridge Creek r6
Bridger r4
Bristol Cliffs r9
Brush Mountain r8
Brush Mountain East r8
Buckhorn r6
Bucks Lake r5
Buffalo Peaks r2
Bull of the Woods r6
Burden Falls r9
Byers Peak r2
Cabinet Mountains r1
Cache La Poudre r2
Cahuilla Mountain r5
Caney Creek r8
Capitan Mountains r3
Caribou r5
Caribou-Speckled Mountain r9
Carson-Iceberg r4
Castle Crags r5
Castle Creek r3
Catfish Lake South r8
Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds r4
Cedar Bench r3
Chama River Canyon r3
Chanchelulla r5
Charles C. Deam r9
Cheaha r8
Chiricahua r3
Chuck River r10
Chumash r5
Citico Creek r8
Clackamas r6
Clear Springs r9
Clearwater r6
Clifty r8
Cloud Peak r2
Cohutta r8
Collegiate Peaks r2
Colonel Bob r6
Columbine-Hondo r3
Comanche Peak r2
Copper Salmon r6
Coronation Island r10
Cottonwood Forest r4
Cranberry r9
Cruces Basin r3
Cucamonga r5
Cummins Creek r6
Currant Mountain r4
Dark Canyon r4
Delirium r9
Deseret Peak r4
Desolation r5
Devils Backbone r9
Devils Staircase r6
Diamond Peak r6
Dick Smith r5
Dinkey Lakes r5
Dolly Sods r9
Dome r3
Domeland r5
Drift Creek r6
Dry Creek r8
Dugger Mountain r8
Eagle Cap r6
Eagles Nest r2
East Fork r8
East Humboldts r4
Ellicott Rock r8
El Toro r8
Emigrant r5
Encampment River r2
Endicott River r10
Escudilla r3
Fitzpatrick r2
Flatside r8
Flat Tops r2
Fossil Ridge r2
Fossil Springs r3
Four Peaks r3
Frank Church-River of No Return r1 r4
Galiuro r3
Garcia r5
Garden Mountain r8
Garden of the Gods r9
Gates of the Mountains r1
Gearhart Mountain r6
Gee Creek r8
George D. Aiken r9
Gila r3
Glacier Peak r6
Glacier View r6
Glastenbury r9
Goat Rocks r6
Golden Trout r5
Gospel-Hump r1
Granite Chief r5
Granite Mountain r3
Grant Range r4
Grassy Knob r6
Great Bear r1
Great Gulf r9
Greenhorn Mountain r2
Gros Ventre r4
Hauser r5
Headwaters r9
Hell Hole Bay r8
Hells Canyon r6
Hellsgate r3
Hemingway-Boulders r4
Henry M. Jackson r6
Hercules-Glades r9
Hermosa Creek r2
Hickory Creek r9
High Schells r4
High Uintas r4
Holy Cross r2
Hoover r4 r5
Horseshoe Bay r9
Hunter-Fryingpan r2
Hunting Camp Creek r8
Hurricane Creek r8
Huston Park r2
Indian Heaven r6
Indian Mounds r8
Indian Peaks r2
Inyo Mountains r5
Irish r9
Ishi r5
James Peak r2
James River Face r8
Jarbidge r4
Jedediah Smith r4
Jennie Lakes r5
Jim McClure-Jerry Peak r4
John Muir r5
Joseph Battell r9
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock r8
Juniper Mesa r3
Juniper Prairie r8
Kachina Peaks r3
Kaiser r5
Kalmiopsis r6
Kanab Creek r3
Karta River r10
Kendrick Mountain r3
Kiavah r5
Kimberling Creek r8
Kisatchie Hills r8
Kootznoowoo r10
Kuiu r10
La Garita r2
Lake Chelan-Sawtooth r6
La Madre Mountain r4
Latir Peak r3
Laurel Fork North r9
Laurel Fork South r9
Leaf r8
Leatherwood r8
Lee Metcalf r1
Lewis Fork r8
Linville Gorge r8
Little Dry Run r8
Little Frog Mountain r8
Little Lake Creek r8
Little Lake George r8
Little Wambaw Swamp r8
Little Wilson Creek r8
Lizard Head r2
Lone Peak r4
Lost Creek r2
Lower White River r6
Lusk Creek r9
Lye Brook r9
Machesna Mountain r5
Mackinac r9
Magic Mountain r5
Manzano Mountain r3
Marble Mountain r5
Mark O. Hatfield r6
Mark Trail r8
Maroon Bells-Snowmass r2
Matilija r5
Maurelle Islands r10
Mazatzal r3
McCormick r9
Menagerie r6
Middle Prong r8
Middle Santiam r6
Mill Creek r6
Miller Peak r3
Mission Mountains r1
Misty Fjords National Monument r10
Mokelumne r4 r5
Monarch r5
Monument Rock r6
Mount Adams r6
Mountain Lake r8
Mountain Lakes r6
Mount Baker r6
Mount Baldy r3
Mount Evans r2
Mount Hood r6
Mount Jefferson r6
Mount Lassic r5
Mount Massive r2
Mount Naomi r4
Mount Nebo r4
Mount Olympus r4
Mount Skokomish r6
Mount Sneffels r2
Mount Thielsen r6
Mount Timpanogos r4
Mount Washington r6
Mount Zirkel r2
Mt. Charleston r4
Mt. Moriah r4
Mt. Rose r4
Mt. Shasta r5
Mt. Wrightson r3
Mud Swamp/New River r8
Munds Mountain r3
Nelson Mountain r4
Neota r2
Never Summer r2
Noisy-Diobsud r6
Nordhouse Dunes r9
Norse Peak r6
North Absaroka r2
North Fork r5
North Fork John Day r6
North Fork Umatilla r6
Opal Creek r6
Otter Creek r9
Owens River Headwaters r5
Paddy Creek r9
Pajarita r3
Panther Den r9
Pasayten r6
Pecos r3
Pemigewasset r9
Peru Peak r9
Petersburg Creek-Duncan Salt Chuck r10
Peters Mountain r8
Pine Creek r5
Pine Mountain r3
Pine Valley Mountain r4
Piney Creek r9
Platte River r2
Pleasant/Lemusurier/Inian Islands r10
Pleasant View Ridge r5
Pocosin r8
Pond Mountain r8
Pond Pine r8
Popo Agie r2
Porcupine Lake r9
Poteau Mountain r8
Powderhorn r2
Presidential Range-Dry River r9
Priest r8
Ptarmigan Peak r2
Pusch Ridge r3
Quinn Canyon r4
Raccoon Branch r8
Raggeds r2
Rainbow Lake r9
Rainbow Mountain r4
Ramseys Draft r8
Rattlesnake r1
Raven Cliffs r8
Rawah r2
Red Buttes r6
Red Mountain r4
Red Rock-Secret Mountain r3
Rich Hole r8
Richland Creek r8
Rich Mountain r8
Rincon Mountain r3
Roaring Plains West r9
Roaring River r6
Rock Creek r6
Rockpile Mountain r9
Rock River Canyon r9
Rogue-Umpqua Divide r6
Rough Mountain r8
Round Island r9
Ruby Mountains r4
Russell Fjord r10
Russian r5
Saddle Mountain r3
Saint Mary's r8
Salmon-Huckleberry r6
Salmo-Priest r1 r6
Salome r3
Salt River Canyon r3
Sampson Mountain r8
Sandia Mountain r3
Sandwich Range r9
San Gabriel r5
San Gorgonio r5
Sangre de Cristo r2
Sanhedrin r5
San Jacinto r5
San Mateo Canyon r5
San Pedro Parks r3
San Rafael r5
Santa Lucia r5
Santa Rosa r5
Santa Rosa-Paradise Peak r4
Santa Teresa r3
Sarvis Creek r2
Savage Run r2
Sawtooth r4
Scapegoat r1
Selway-Bitterroot r1
Sespe r5
Shawvers Run r8
Sheep Mountain r5
Sheep Ridge r8
Shellback r4
Shining Rock r8
Sierra Ancha r3
Silver Peak r5
Sipsey r8
Siskiyou r5 r6
Sky Lakes r6
Snow Mountain r5
Soldier Creek r2
South Baranof r10
Southern Nantahala r8
South Etolin r10
South Fork San Jacinto r5
South Prince of Wales r10
South San Juan r2
South Sierra r5
South Warner r5
Spanish Peaks r2
Spice Run r9
Stikine-LeConte r10
Stone Mountain r8
Strawberry Crater r3
Strawberry Mountain r6
Sturgeon River Gorge r9
Superstition r3
Sycamore Canyon r3
Sylvania r9
Table Mountain r4
Tatoosh r6
Tebenkof Bay r10
Teton r4
The Brothers r6
Thousand Lakes r5
Three Ridges r8
Three Sisters r6
Thunder Ridge r8
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror r10
Trapper Creek r6
Tray Mountain r8
Trinity Alps r5
Turkey Hill r8
Twin Peaks r4
Unaka Mountain r8
Uncompahgre r2
Upland Island r8
Upper Bald River r8
Upper Buffalo r8
Upper Kiamichi River r8
Vasquez Peak r2
Ventana r5
Waldo Lake r6
Wambaw Creek r8
Wambaw Swamp r8
Warren Island r10
Washakie r2
Welcome Creek r1
Wellsville Mountain r4
Weminuche r2
Wenaha-Tucannon r6
West Chichagof-Yakobi r10
West Clear Creek r3
West Elk r2
Wet Beaver r3
Wheeler Peak r3
Whisker Lake r9
White Mountain r3
White Mountains r5
White Pine Range r4
Wild River r9
Wild Rogue r6
Wild Sky r6
William O. Douglas r6
Winegar Hole r4
Withington r3
Wonder Mountain r6
Woodchute r3
Wovoka r4
Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel r5
Yuki r5

This table lists all of the wilderness character reports for each wilderness area at this agency. Completed reports are shown as a filled circle, shaded to indicate an upward, stable, or downward overall trend for all qualities. Incomplete reports are shown as hollow grey circles, and are labeled with the next milestone in their progress.

this is where we filter the wilderness table by tag (or next milestone, or overall trend) and show some summary statistics