Definitions for "Wilderness area"
An area of public land (usually over 5,000 acres) designated by Congress as wilderness according to the definition in the Wilderness Act. Ecosystems present are preserved in their natural states, with minimum human influence (no timber harvesting, roads, or developed areas are allowed).
(3) a congressionally designated area of undeveloped federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, that is protected and managed to preserve its natural conditions and that (a) generally appears to have been affected mainly by the forces of nature, with human imprints sustantially unnoticeable; (b) has outstanding opportunities for solitude or a primitive and unconfined type of recreation; (c) has at least 5,000 acres or is large enough to make practical its preservation and use in an unimpaired condition; and (d) may also contain ecological, geological, or other features of scientific, educational, scenic, or historic value.
a wild area that Congress has preserved by including it in the National Wilderness Preservation System.