Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Soundscapes

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Learn to differentiate between sounds and noises in wilderness soundscapes, identify threats to wilderness soundscapes, and examine strategies for soundscape management.

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Natural sounds awaken our sense of awe; connect us to the splendor of wilderness; and powerfully affect our emotions, attitudes, and memories. This course will help users learn the difference between sounds and noises in wilderness soundscapes, identify threats to these soundscapes, and examine strategies for soundscape management.

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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
  • 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

  • Key Terms
  • Law & Policy
  • Wilderness Character
  • Stewardship Goal
  • Stewardship Model
  • Step 1: Identify Goal
  • Step 2: Inventory
  • Step 3: Is Action Necessary?
  • Step 4: Action Alternatives
  • Step 5: Evaluate Actions
  • Step 6: Monitor & Adapt

Be able to:

  • Describe the tie between watershed attributes of soil and water and the National Wilderness Preservation System
  • Explain the essential elements of soundscape management in wilderness as provided by the Wilderness Act and agency policy.
  • Recognize potential threats to soundscapes in wilderness.
  • Identify several strategies for addressing threats to soundscapes in wilderness, including planning and monitoring.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Minimum Requirements Analysis courses before beginning this course. It is recommended that you also complete Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals before beginning the course. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at provalenslearning.com.

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