wilderness area


often capitalized W&A
: 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 Owyhee Canyonlands, with stunning red gulches, winding rivers and a moon-like landscape where a volcano with a caldera once 600 times larger than Mount St. Helens erupted, stands as the largest unprotected wilderness area in the American West. Sally Krutzig, Idaho Statesman, 23 May 2024 The sprawling wilderness area is home to tundra, glaciers, spruce forests, and wildlife—including grizzly bears and moose—and North America’s tallest peak. Lindsay Cohn, Parents, 13 May 2024 Meanwhile, conservation groups like Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters have denounced Stauber’s proposal as setting a dangerous precedent for America’s wilderness areas. Dac Collins, Outdoor Life, 2 May 2024 Always practice Leave No Trace principles when out enjoying wilderness areas so that everyone can continue to experience them as pristine. Mindy Sink, The Denver Post, 16 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for wilderness area 

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Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wilderness area was in 1928

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“Wilderness area.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wilderness%20area. Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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