Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

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The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute "is the only Federal research group in the United States dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, parks, and similarly protected areas. Located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, the Leopold Institute was formally established in 1993 by the U.S. Forest Service and is administered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station. We operate under a Memorandum of Understanding among the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Managers and scientists from these agencies play an active role in developing Leopold Institute programs and priorities. We provide a national center for scientists from different disciplines and backgrounds to address the wilderness research needs of land management agencies and organizations." [1]



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  1. About, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, accessed January 17, 2009.