Present, Potentially Affected
The Wilderness Act (WA) (P.L. 88-577) (16 U.S.C. 1131-1136) protects the original land characteristics to be “untrammeled by man.” This unique ecosystem provides allows a stable habitat for plants, animals and bodies of water.
Wilderness criteria includes:
(1) “Generally appears to have been affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable; (2) Has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation; (3) Has at least five thousand acres of land or is of sufficient size as to make practicable its preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and (4) May also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historical value.”
Wilderness Areas provide, “recreational, scenic, scientific, educational, conservation, and historical use,” without building temporary roads, using motorized vehicles, equipment or motorboats; aircraft landings, or mechanical transport. http://www.wilderness.net/nwps/legisact http://wilderness.org/article/wilderness-act
Wilderness Impacts & Mitigation
In general, transmission line development is not allowed on designated wilderness lands, however, if there is an existing right-of- way, the WA gives the President of the United States jurisdiction to authorize transmission line projects needed to satisfy public interest.