Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Air Quality

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Learn the natural resource management techniques relevant to air quality in wilderness.


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Clean air is an integral part of ecosystems and the natural quality of wilderness character. It is not only an essential component of the habitat for plants and animals; it also contributes to visitors’ wilderness experience, affording clear vistas and suggesting primeval character. This course discusses the natural resource management techniques relevant to air quality in wilderness.

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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. This course includes the following elements.

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

  • Key Terms
  • Law & Policy
  • Wilderness Character
  • Stewardship Goal
  • Stewardship Model
  • Step 1: Identify Goal
  • Step 2: Inventory
  • Step 3: Is Action Necessary?
  • Step 4: Action Alternatives
  • Step 5: Evaluate Actions
  • Step 6: Monitor & Adapt

Be able to:

  • Explain the legal foundation for managing air quality resources in wilderness.
  • Recognize potential threats to air quality in wilderness.
  • Identify management responsibilities and strategies.
  • Describe the purpose and availability of several monitoring programs developed for air quality.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 and the Minimum Requirements Analysis courses before beginning this course. It is recommended that you also complete Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals before beginning the course. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at


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