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The Proposed National Forest Ecosystem Protection Act

TABLE 2
EASTERN, MID-WESTERN AND SOUTHERN ECOSYSTEM PROTECTION AREAS
POSSIBLE ACREAGES BY PROJECT
State
   Ecosystem Protection Areas
Existing NFS
Wilderness
Possible
Total Area
Possible
Acquisition
Area
Total 1,311,149 3,513,500 697,000
       
Alabama
   1. Sipsey

24,922

64,100

10,100
Arkansas
   6. Hurricane Creek

15,307

58,300

4,000
Florida
   12. Big Gum Swamp
   13. Bradwell Bay

13,660
24,602

73,200
54,800

21,300
200
Georgia
   14. Cohutta (also in Tennessee)

44,970

115,800

16,500
Indiana
   15. Charles C. Deam

12,945

59,900

12,000
Kentucky
   17. Clifty

12,026

69,600

22,600
Maine
   18. Caribou-Speckled Mountain

12,000

72,000

16,000
Michigan
   19. Sylvania

18,327

61,900

13,100
Minnesota
   20. Boundary Waters Canoe Area

809,772

1,530,000

355,000
Missouri
   21. Irish

16,117

58,100

22,000
New Hampshire
   24. Pemigewasset
   25. Presidential Range-Dry River
   26. Sandwich Range

45,000
27,380
25,000

121,000
147,400
81,000

1,000
11,000
1,000
North Carolina
   29. Southern Nantahala (also in Georgia)

23,423

134,000

30,000
Oklahoma
   30. Upper Kiamichi (also in Arkansas)

9,754

71,600

7,600
Pennsylvania
   33. Hickory Creek

8,570

56,900

16,200
South Dakota
   34. Black Elk

9,826

64,000

7,200
Tennessee
   35. Citico Creek (also in North Carolina)

29,788

77,100

8,500
Texas
   36. Upland Island
   37. Indian Mounds

13,331
12,369

66,600
50,400

18,000
27,000
Vermont
   39. Breadloaf
   40. Lyle Brook

21,480
15,503

61,400
100,500

8,000
10,000
Virginia
   41. Mountain Lake (also in West Virginia)

11,025

70,900

23,500
West Virginia
   43. Cranberry

35,864

130,900

25,000
Wisconsin
   44. Headwaters

18,188

62,100

10,200
       
Eastern United States
Twenty-six Ecosystem Protection Areas
Areas in Twenty-one States


1,311,149


3,513,500


697,000

There are eighteen other Ecosystem Protection Areas in twelve western States. The acreage will be determined through the Forest Service Planning process, utilizing the full public participation procedures provided therein, within three years of the passage of this act. Therefore, these figures are preliminary estimates.

Source: Existing NFS Wilderness; Land Areas of the National Forests in 1997. Possible Total Area and Possible Acquisition Area; Estimates by Habitat for Wildlife in October, 2002.

Prepared by Habitat for Wildlife