Minimum Requirement

In order to decide if, and how, management activities in wilderness should be carried out, managers use a Minimum Requirement Decision Process. This Process involves two steps: first, to determine if the project or activity proposed is the minimum necessary for administration of the area for the purposes of wilderness and does not pose significant impacts to the wilderness or its character, and second, to determine which tool(s) will have the least impact to the wilderness resource, character, and purposes.
The Decision Guide often used as an example was developed and revised by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. Some parks have adapted this guide to better fit their programs. For more information about Minimum Requirement, visit