Evaluating Scientific Proposals for Cultural Resources in Wilderness

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This course is the third in a series of three courses on Cultural Resources Management in Wilderness. It provides a comprehensive overview of the process used to evaluate proposals for scientific activity in wilderness.

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Conducting research in wilderness can advance our understanding in ways that cannot be realized outside of wilderness. This course, the third in a series of three courses on Cultural Resources Management in Wilderness, provides a comprehensive overview of the process used to evaluate proposals for scientific activity in wilderness.

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Much of the course material is based on A Framework to Evaluate Scientific Activities in Wilderness, a document created by the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Research in Wilderness
  • Compliance Requirements
  • Evaluation Framework
  • Step 1: Initial Review Filter
  • Step 2: Quality of Proposal Filter
  • Step 3: Legal & Policy Filter
  • Step 4: Benefits & Impacts Filter
  • Recommendation
  • Case Study

Be able to:

  • Explain how cultural research is compatible with wilderness management.
  • Use the evaluation framework to evaluate a proposal for scientific activity.
  • Identify “red flags” in a proposal.
  • Evaluate the quality of a proposal.
  • Determine if research is wilderness dependent.
  • Complete a Benefits Assessment.
  • Complete an Impacts Assessment.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 course before beginning this course. Without foundational knowledge of the Wilderness Act, you will not be able to get the most out of this course and could find the content confusing. The Minimum Requirements Analysis courses are also strongly recommended. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at provalenslearning.com.

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