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About 2.2 million acres of national forest lands are listed as Special Wilderness, a term used to describe areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service as an environmentally sensitive area. A federal law passed in 1986 created a special designations list and a list of management areas, and these programs have expanded the scope of federal lands in protected areas, including that within the National Forest System. More than 400 million people depend on the land in our federal forests, and their needs are being met on the National Forest Service’s land.

Learn more about the management of Special Wilderness and Federal Land and Water Conservation Service lands. See the U.S. Forest Service’s list of Special Wilderness Lands and Special Wilderness Management Areas.

Special Wilderness Management Areas (SRMAs) of the National Forest System are located and defined in the Forest Service’s National Forest Land Management Act (47) and the National Forest Management Plan (22). State or federal officials can create SRMAs with land management rules within their State’s SRMAs. Most of the SRMAs within the National Forest System are designated by land-management agencies within a State. SRMAs are located in forest units throughout the entire Forest Service lands.

Some of the SRMAs and Forest Service lands in the SRMAs include:

The “Dirty Bomb” drone that was launched from a C-17 Globemaster III during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has been destroyed in a suspected attack, according to an Air Force statement Wednesday. The destroyed drone has not yet been identified.

“The C-17 Air Force has responded to a report that a single (Rockeye) C-17 was involved in a mission in Iraq in August 2008 and that it was destroyed in a bombing in Afghanistan in September 2013,” the statement said.

The Air Force will conduct an independent investigation into the report and will determine if the drone was used in the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.

Earlier this year, a U.S. Army report, released shortly after the Iraq war started in March 2003, said a C-17 Globemaster three-engine transport aircraft hit a militant tunnel with a weapon called a GBU-42 bomb.

The report cited a U.S. military official as saying the weapon caused “serious injuries to a large number of Afghan civilians.” The GBU-43 bomb was intended for enemy tunnels across Afghanistan, but it also had the capability to drop cluster bombs.
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