August 23, 2013. Richmond Times Dispatch. George Washington National Forest Plan Delayed. According to this AP article, the GW Plan will not be out until late October or early November due to further consideration of two issues: fracking and Wilderness recommendations. This article puts a negative spin on Wilderness, saying it severely limits activity. VWC would like to add that the types of activities that are limited are fracking, mining and other industrial uses, roadbuilding, and commercial logging. Wilderness areas are open to hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and nature study. You can fight fire and invasives in Wilderness and maintain trails. Wilderness designation is an excellent way to protect the last remaining remnants of our natural heritage. Wilderness areas provide many benefits, like clean water and air, habitat for wildlife that need a mature forest, and outstanding opportunities for families to get out in the forest and enjoy the natural world.