Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Strategies

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Visitor use management in wilderness is more than simply dealing with problems as they arise: it is being proactive so that potential problems are anticipated and dealt with before they become real problems.





This course, the second in the Visitor Use Management in Wilderness series, provides a synopsis of social and biophysical factors that contribute to recreation impacts, examines possible management strategies and tactics, and introduces you to a process for selecting management strategies for solving wilderness visitor use impact problems.

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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

  • Introduction
  • Management Strategies for Biophysical Impacts
  • Management Strategies for Social Impacts
  • Visitor Education

Be able to:

  • Describe problems that can result from recreation use of wilderness.
  • Determine the magnitude of the problem(s) resulting from recreation.
  • Describe a decision-making process to address visitor use problems effectively.
  • Identify biophysical and social impacts to the wilderness resource.
  • Select management strategies and tactics to address biophysical and social impacts effectively.
  • Explain why wilderness education programs are necessary.
  • Identify successful wilderness education program components.
  • Plan a wilderness education program.

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


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