Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Wildlife

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The Wilderness Act of 1964 states: "Nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting the jurisdiction or responsibilities of the several States with respect to wildlife and fish in the national forests." This course examines the meaning of this simple sentence and places it in the context of the Wilderness Act as a whole.
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Section 4(d)(8) of the Wilderness Act of 1964 [16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)] states: "Nothing in this Act shall be construed as affecting the jurisdiction or responsibilities of the several States with respect to wildlife and fish in the national forests." This course examines the meaning of this simple sentence and places it in the context of the Wilderness Act as a whole.

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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

  • An Outline from the Courts
  • Wildlife Authority
  • Managing Agency
  • Developments & the "Minimum Necessary"
  • Commercial Enterprises
  • State Proposals
  • "Different" Language

Be able to:

  • Explain who has authority over the various aspects of wildlife management in wilderness.
  • Locate wildlife management regulations/policies.
  • Explain common misconceptions in the application of agency policies.
  • Interpret "different" language concerning wildlife management in subsequent laws that designate a wilderness.
  • Describe how wildlife issues extend beyond wilderness boundaries.
  • Recognize that some species may need more substantial management in order to be maintained as part of preserving wilderness character.

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 Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at provalenslearning.com.

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