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)

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The Illilouette Creek wilderness area, in Yosemite National Park, is encircled by granite peaks that create a natural firebreak. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, "A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires," 19 Aug. 2019 Take avalanche danger seriously The Forest Service runs 14 backcountry avalanche centers in the United States to provide information for people recreating in snowy wilderness areas. National Geographic, "Avalanches, explained," 19 July 2019 Concerned groups have periodically urged the park to install a third cable to ease the danger, but adding something like that in a wilderness area would require hearings, rule changes and enabling legislation. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Woman falls 500 feet to her death from cables at Half Dome in Yosemite," 6 Sep. 2019 The Selkirk Mountains create a dramatic landscape, blanketed by national forests and a wilderness area. Washington Post, "Mining region struggles as it faces loss of biggest employer," 10 Aug. 2019 Washington State’s Methow Valley, near the North Cascades, is close to a national park and a wilderness area—but the valley itself hadn’t been protected. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "10 places that will be protected by Congress’s new public lands bill," 27 Feb. 2019 David Lesh, the snowmobiler who became infamous over the summer for boasting about sledding in wilderness areas, crash landed his plane in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday. John Laconte, The Know, "Man accused of Independence Pass snowmobiling scandal crashes plane in Pacific Ocean," 21 Aug. 2019 Rescuers found the remains of Daniel Komins in a remote wilderness area in northern California's Trinity Alps, the Trinity County Sheriff's Office reported on Facebook. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A 3-day search for a missing California hiker ends with the discovery of his body," 19 Aug. 2019 Part of the island, closed to the public, has been designated a wilderness area. Fox News, "Sites of major US weapons tests now see wildlife flourishing," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of wilderness area

1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wilderness area

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

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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