The Forest Service manages congressionally-designated areas and national monuments, protected either by Congress through legislation or by the President via proclamation under the authority of the Antiquities Act. Congress has designated these areas unique for their special characteristics and the opportunities they offer. These places were protected in perpetuity for a range of ecological and social benefits such as scenic beauty, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat and watershed protection, and the intent and management objectives for each are distinct and unique.
This project takes a closer look at these "iconic places:"
- reviewing the social, economic, and ecological benefits they provide,
- examining common management challenges,
- identifying opportunities, and
- asking what information regions need to ensure the longevity of and benefits from these high profile areas that are valued by both visitors and communities.