The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act and Wilderness Stewardship in Alaska

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This course provides learners with essential knowledge about ANILCA: its history, special provisions in Alaska, and its relationship with the Wilderness Act of 1964.
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The Wilderness Act of 1964 provides legal guidance for the management of designated wilderness areas. It is subject to specific special provisions that may be included in subsequent wilderness-designating legislation. This course will identify the ANILCA special provisions and explain how they are implemented within the context of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and other considerations for managing wilderness in Alaska.

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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.

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
  • Engaging Videos
  • 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

  • Introduction to ANILCA
  • History of Wilderness in Alaska and Its Influence on the Passing of ANILCA
  • Managing Wilderness in Alaska in Law and Policy
  • Alaska Wilderness Designated by ANILCA
  • Using a Minimum Requirements Analysis to Guide Management Actions
  • Special Provisions for Managing Wilderness Provided by ANILCA
  • Conducting Wilderness Reviews in Alaska
  • Guidance for Specific Management Issues
  • Conclusion

Be able to:

  • Explain how the authority for managing wilderness in Alaska works under both the Wilderness Act of 1964 and ANILCA.
  • Locate Alaskan wilderness management policy and regulations for your agency.
  • Describe the significance of wilderness in the creation and passage of ANILCA.
  • Identify areas in Alaska designated as wilderness by ANILCA.
  • Explain how ANILCA-designated wilderness areas are administered.
  • Identify special provisions for managing wilderness in Alaska provided by ANILCA
  • Demonstrate how these special provisions are implemented.
  • Use an MRA to guide your decisions for managing wilderness in Alaska.
  • Describe the process required for conducting wilderness reviews in Alaska.
  • Explain the status of wilderness designation for each of the federal agencies.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 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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