Richland Creek Wilderness

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Richland Creek Wilderness
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Water flows through a creekbeed filled with boulders
Richland Creek
Map showing the location of Richland Creek Wilderness
Map showing the location of Richland Creek Wilderness
Location Newton and Searcy counties Arkansas, USA
Nearest city Russellville
Coordinates 35°53′50″N 93°27′26″W / 35.89722°N 93.45722°W / 35.89722; -93.45722Coordinates: 35°53′50″N 93°27′26″W / 35.89722°N 93.45722°W / 35.89722; -93.45722
Area 11,801 acres (48 km²)
Established 1984
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

Richland Creek Wilderness is located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. Created by an act of Congress in 1984, the wilderness covers an area of 11,801 acres (48 km²). Contained within Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, the wilderness is managed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Description[edit]

This infrequently visited wilderness is composed of second and third growth oak-hickory forest with intermittent portions of shortleaf pine. Richland Creek and Long Devil's Fork Creek intersect within the area, both are surrounded by steep sandstone bluffs. The area was formerly used for logging, and many trails consist of former logging roads. Black bears are known to inhabit the wilderness, along with White-tailed deer, wild turkey, skunks, opossums, minks and pheasants.[1]

U.S. Wilderness Areas do not allow motorized or mechanized vehicles, including bicycles. Although camping and fishing are usually allowed with a proper permit, no roads or buildings are constructed and there is also no logging or mining, in compliance with the 1964 Wilderness Act. Wilderness areas within National Forests and Bureau of Land Management areas also allow hunting in season.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Richland Creek Wilderness". The National Wilderness Preservation System. Wilderness.net. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 

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