Wilderness Watch

WPS opens thousands of acres of land for public use. We want everyone to enjoy the beauty and recreation these lands offer. But misuse of our public lands can be a real problem.

If you see anyone abusing WPS lands, join our Wilderness Watch:

To report problems, call 1-800-53-WATCH.

We need your eyes, your ears and your help.

Careless actions hurt everyone

Here are some damage we've seen on WPS lands:

  • Vandalism. Damage such as shooting signs is becoming all too common. These are the actions of vandals, not responsible hunters.
  • Littering. Trash left in natural areas lasts a very long time. And the land loses its natural beauty and charm.
  • ATV abuse. Motorized vehicles aren't allowed on WPS lands, but that doesn't stop some from leaving their ugly marks. Using ATVs destroys plant life, increases erosion and ruins animals' habitat.
  • Garbage dumping. When people dispose of garbage like old tires and appliances on natural lands, they do more than create an eyesore. Garbage like this can release substances harmful to fish and wildlife.

If you enjoy using WPS lands, you can help by reporting concerns to Wilderness Watch or to local law enforcement.