The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework

This course is designed to assist you in understanding, developing, and selecting management alternatives for a wilderness stewardship plan.


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The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework (WSPF) is composed of six different but related components: building a foundation for success, identifying and describing desired conditions, gathering and analyzing information, identifying and selecting indicators, specifying standards, and analyzing and selecting management alternatives. The six components are presented in sequence, though the process of developing an actual framework is likely to be iterative rather than linear. The WSPF is a logical process that assists in understanding, developing, and selecting management action alternatives that ensure the preservation of wilderness character.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters:

  • Foundation for Success
  • Desired Conditions
  • Gathering and Analyzing Information
  • Identifying and Selecting Indicators
  • Specifying Standards
  • Management Alternatives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework.
  • Explain how it relates to effective Wilderness Stewardship.
  • Identify the six components of the Framework.
  • Explain the importance of using the Framework.
  • Employ the Framework to develop a Wilderness Stewardship Plan for your area.

Recommended Background

This course is designed to meet the needs of managers in the National Wilderness Protection System. A thorough understanding of the 1964 Wilderness Act is necessary prior to taking this planning course. It is strongly recommended that students taking this course, first take The Wilderness Act of 1964 e-course.

Frequently Asked Questions

Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?
No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?
Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher. You will earn a certificate of completion for a certificate program after completing all program assignments and the assessments with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?
Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field and is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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