July 22, 2014 ~ Marquette, MI to Baldwin, MI
|Trumpeter Swans in Seney NWr - MI|
The National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) of the United States protects federallymanaged wilderness areas designated for preservation in their natural condition. Activity on formally designated wilderness areas is coordinated by the National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness areas are managed by four federal land management agencies: the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The term wilderness is defined as “an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain" and "an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions." There are currently 757 designated wilderness areas, totaling 109,511,966 acres (44,317,920 ha), or about 4.5% of the area of the United States.
So these are refuge systems also, apparently just not "managed" in any significant way and sometimes part of the NWRs.
The sky cleared as I approached Big Mac, there were high wind warnings posted for the bridge but it was pretty calm at this point.