National Wilderness

Forest-As of April 2004, the National Wilderness Preservation System contained 662 wilderness areas totaling 105.7 million acres, or 4.67 percent of all land in the United States.

-There are approximately 43.6 million acres in national parks, 34.8 million acres in national forests, 20.7 million acres in national wildlife refuges, and 6.5 million acres on the western heritage lands of the Bureau of Land Management.

-More than half, or 57.5 million acres, of all designated wilderness is in the huge national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests of Alaska; more than one-third is in the 11 westernmost contiguous 48 states.

Stats: Wilderness Society

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Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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