Inventory and Monitoring of Paleontological Resources in Wilderness

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This course, the second course in the Paleontological Resources Management in Wilderness course of study, provides an in-depth look at the inventory and monitoring process associated with paleontological resources.

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To know if wilderness character is being preserved, including the paleontological resources that may be present, conditions and changes to those conditions should be monitored. This course, the second course in the Paleontological Resources Management in Wilderness course of study, provides an in-depth look at the inventory and monitoring process associated with paleontological resources. Specific topics include selecting indicators and monitoring methods and protocols.

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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. This course includes the following elements.

Elements of the course:

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

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

  • Key Terms
  • Need for Monitoring
  • Inventory & Monitoring Process
  • Summary & Key Points

Be able to:

  • Explain the difference between inventory and monitoring.
  • Explain the basic techniques for these activities when managing paleontological resources in a wilderness setting.
  • Complete a threats matrix.
  • Recall the four indicator criteria.
  • Select a monitoring methodology using six basic considerations.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 e-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 Wilderness Act of 1964 and other e-courses can be found at provalenslearning.com.

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