The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework

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Learn about the Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework, explain how it influences wilderness stewardship, and develop a plan for your site.


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The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework (WSPF) is composed of eight different but related components. Each component will be taught in a separate module, although the process of developing an actual framework is likely to be iterative rather than linear. Activities, a short review of what you have learned, and a practice test will conclude each module.

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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
  • Foundations to Success
  • Desired Conditions
  • Gather Information
  • Identify and Select Indicators
  • Specify Standards
  • Zoning Wilderness

Be able to:

  • Describe the Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework.
  • Explain how it relates to effective wilderness stewardship.
  • Identify the eight 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

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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