The Wilderness Act is one of the nation’s most important pieces of conservation law. The Act established a National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS) to be administered by federal land management agencies. Management of wilderness is complex and requires careful stewardship by each of the agencies.
In addition to taking direction from the Wilderness Policy Council and the Wilderness Steering Committee, the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute operates under a Memorandum of Understanding among the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. This collaboration leads to the development of Institute programs and priorities. The National Interagency Wilderness Leadership governance chart visually presents the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in relationship to national wilderness leaders across agencies.