Fundamentals of Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness

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This is the first course in the Paleontological Resources Management in Wilderness series. It focuses on the basics of managing paleontological resources found in wilderness.

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Many designated wilderness areas contain paleontological resources. Managing these resources is different in a wilderness setting than in non-wilderness. This course, the first in the Paleontological Resources Management in Wilderness series, focuses on the basics of managing paleontological resources found in wilderness. Topics include defining paleontological resources, law and policy, and paleontological resource stewardship.

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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

  • Introduction to Paleontological Resources
  • Law and Policy
  • Wilderness Character and Paleontology
  • Stewardship Model
  • Summary & Key Points

Be able to:

  • Define paleontological resources.
  • Identify types of paleontological resources.
  • Explain how paleontological resources are part of the wilderness character of your area, if applicable.
  • Articulate issues surrounding the management of paleontological resources in wilderness.
  • Apply the Stewardship Model of managing paleontological resources in wilderness.

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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