Introduction to Resource Protection: Recorded

Explore the universal challenges you will encounter when charged with the protection of natural and cultural resources along with providing for public use and access.



About the Webcast

Regardless of the agency involved, certain universal challenges apply when site staff are charged with the protection of natural and cultural resources along with providing for public use and access. The balance between preserving resources and providing recreational opportunities will vary depending upon the mission and charter of the management entity. The emphasis of this webcast is natural and cultural resource protection.

About the Presenter

Kim Watson specializes in park operations, visitor management, and resource protection. From 1973 to 2005, Kim worked for the National Park Service (NPS) and retired as the Chief Park Ranger of the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. From 2001 to the present, he has been an Adjunct Professor at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches courses on Planning on Public Lands and assists in the Park Ranger Training Program. During his NPS career, he was active with NPS Fundamentals and other training programs and drew on his land management experience to become a full time lecturer with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands. He was assigned to the Albright Training Center at Grand Canyon National Park from 2005 to 2010. Kim continues to work for the Eppley Institute from his home in Flagstaff, Arizona on a variety of projects.

Webcast Format

This webcast was conducted through online conferencing software and captured for future viewing. This webcast includes a digital recording of the presentation.

Be able to:

  • Explain the difference between proactive and reactive plans.
  • Develop a basic outline for responding to resource injury.
  • Identify fundamental resource management principles.
  • Explain the roles of employees in resource protection.

Aired 11 May 2011


great!Review by Larry
Great! (Posted on 3/30/2020)
Great InformationReview by Michael
The presentation did a great job providing information on resource protection. I recommend this to anyone who is responsible for resource protection within our federal lands. (Posted on 3/27/2020)
Great Information!Review by Michael
The short presentation did a great job delivering a short overview of the principles of resource protection. I really enjoyed the presentation and recommend it to others who deal with resource protection. (Posted on 3/27/2020)
Excellent!Review by Martha
This is a great overview of how an employee should plan to protect the natural and cultural resources at their park. (Posted on 10/7/2019)
Good informationReview by Patricia
As a retired service member, this introduction reiterated what I've been taught throughout my career. This course shows the relevancy of having a plan, both proactive and reactive. It also shows the importance of partnerships with existing agencies and stakeholders when protecting resources. (Posted on 1/23/2019)
Good basic informationReview by Patricia
This recording provided basic information for resource plans and things to consider writing plans. The examples used by the instructor were spot on. (Posted on 1/23/2019)
Food for thoughtReview by Clarissa
As I went through the course I found that I was picturing ways I could use the recommendations within my existing park. It would have been helpful to know which questions were missed in the quiz to review material. (Posted on 8/19/2017)

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