Fundamentals of Managing Cultural Resources in Wilderness

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Part one in a series of three courses in the Cultural Resources Management in Wilderness course of study, this course provides a basic understanding of the importance of cultural resources in wilderness and examines how stewardship of those resources in wilderness is different from stewardship in areas that are not wilderness.

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Managing the cultural resources often found in wilderness presents a different stewardship challenge than managing those in non-wilderness. In this course, you will learn about the importance of cultural resources in wilderness and begin to consider how their management differs from that of cultural resources in areas that are not wilderness.

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This is the first in a series of three courses on Cultural Resources Management in Wilderness.

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 opportunitites
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

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

  • Introduction to Cultural Resources & Wilderness Character
  • Cultural Resource Law
  • Stewardship Model
  • Summary & Key Points

Be able to:

  • Describe the various types of cultural resources found in wilderness.
  • Provide an overview of the laws, regulations, and policies that govern how we manage cultural resources.
  • Discuss controversies surrounding the management of cultural resources in wilderness.
  • Apply the Stewardship Model to cultural resources in wilderness.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete The Wilderness Act of 1964 e-course before beginning this course. Without a foundational understanding of the Wilderness Act, you will not be able to get the most out of this course and could find the content confusing. The Minimum Requirements Analysis courses are also strongly recommended. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis courses, and other e-courses can be found at


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