wilderness area

noun, often capitalized W&A

Definition of wilderness area

: an often large tract of public land maintained essentially in its natural state and protected against introduction of intrusive artifacts (such as roads and buildings)

Examples of wilderness area in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wilderness area was one of three in the central Cascade Mountains that went on a new seasonal permitting system in 2021, in place to help stem the flow of crowds and reduce their impact on the natural setting. oregonlive, 4 Nov. 2021 Gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer and other birds of prey also call the wilderness area home. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Located in the Northwest of Russia, this untouched wilderness area is well known for its lush green forests, winding rivers and idyllic Lake Ladoga and Lake Onega. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 Now, six days later, agents continue to search the 25,000 acre Carlton Reserve wilderness area near North Port, Florida, where Laundrie’s family claim he was last seen. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 24 Sep. 2021 Pack bug spray and water for wandering the wilderness area, plus sunscreen for bright days. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 6 Aug. 2021 The next came from a Carlin Air floatplane over Misty Fjords National Monument, the largest wilderness area in the national forests of Alaska, and possibly the most beautiful. Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure, 4 Aug. 2021 This closure includes all lands, waters, trails, portages, campsite, canoe routes and entry points in the wilderness area. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2021 Some Boundary Waters entry points, lakes and portages around Delta Lake remain closed and a ban on campfires throughout the wilderness area and in most of the Superior National Forest remains in place. Jana Hollingsworth, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of wilderness area

1928, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2021

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“Wilderness area.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wilderness%20area. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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: a large area of public land that is kept in its natural state


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