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17 Pa. Code § 27.4. Wild area definition and guidelines.

§ 27.4. Wild area definition and guidelines.

 (a)  A Wild Area is defined as an extensive area which the general public will be permitted to see, use and enjoy for such activities as hiking, hunting, fishing and the pursuit of peace and solitude. Development of a permanent nature will not be permitted so as to retain the undeveloped character of the area.

 (b)  These areas will be administered according to the principles of forest protection and management applied to Department-managed lands with the following restrictions:

   (1)  Campsite leases will be prohibited.

   (2)  A new public access road will not be constructed. Existing roads will remain open only where there is a public need. All motorized conveyances or vehicles will be prohibited with the exception of licensed vehicles which may be operated only on open public roads.

   (3)  Forest trail use will be restricted to hiking, horseback riding and bicycling.

   (4)  Buildings and other improvements will be restricted to the minimum required for public health, safety and interpretative aids.

   (5)  Rights-of-way, leases and mineral development will be prohibited; provided, however, that subsurface oil and gas rights may be leased where no surface use or disturbance of any kind will take place on the Wild Area.

   (6)  Overnight camping will be limited to the backpack primitive type.


   The provisions of this §  27.4 adopted April 4, 1975, effective April 5, 1975, 5 Pa.B. 721; amended November 9, 1979, effective November 10, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 3746. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (26453).

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