Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Evaluating Proposals For Scientific Activity

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Learn about the process of evaluating proposals to conduct scientific activity in wilderness and the decisions wilderness managers must make in order to preserve wilderness character while such activity occurs.

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This course discusses the process of evaluating proposals to conduct scientific activity in wilderness and the decisions wilderness managers must make in order to preserve wilderness character while such activity occurs. The content of this course builds on theories introduced in the Minimum Requirements Analysis course and expands to include four protection filters you can use to determine the appropriateness of proposed scientific research in wilderness.

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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
  • 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

  • Scientific Activities in Wilderness
  • Evaluation Framework
  • Step 1: Initial Review Filter
  • Step 2: Quality of Proposal Filter
  • Step 3: Legal & Policy Filter
  • Step 4: Benefits & Impacts Filter

Be able to:

  • Discuss the appropriateness and compatibility of scientific activity in wilderness.
  • Identify any compliance requirements necessary to allow scientific activity in wilderness.
  • Employ a suitable process to evaluate scientific proposals for monitoring and research projects specific to your wilderness area.

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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