Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Insects and Disease

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Learn about relevant considerations for managing insects and disease in wilderness.

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Managing insects and disease in any setting can be complicated, but managing wilderness to minimize insect and disease impacts requires both a clear understanding of your area’s objectives and careful consideration of acceptable management actions. This course reviews appropriate management considerations for managing insects and disease in wilderness.

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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

  • Parameters for Managing Insects and Disease
  • Appropriate and Effective Actions for Control

Be able to:

  • Recognize the impact of managing insects and disease on wilderness character.
  • Locate your agency's policy for managing insects and disease in wilderness.
  • Describe differences in the impact of exotic versus native insects and disease, both in wilderness and outside of wilderness.
  • Discuss appropriate and effective actions for controlling insects and disease in wilderness.
  • Explain how climate change may impact the management of insects and disease in wilderness.

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. It is also recommended that you complete the Minimum Requirements Analysis course. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at provalenslearning.com.

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