Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Vegetation

This training course addresses the management of rights-of-way and access to inholdings in designated wilderness.


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Management must continually guard the balance between natural progression and encroaching nonnative, invasive species. This course defines the vegetation component of wilderness, describes its value to wilderness, and examines mandated management policies, including threats and strategies for balancing wilderness character.

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This is the tenth course in the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness course of study.

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
  • 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
  • Case Study

Be able to:

  • Define the vegetation component of wilderness.
  • Explain vegetation's value in wilderness.
  • Explain the basis for vegetation management in wilderness as provided by the Wilderness Act and agency policy.
  • Recognize potential threats to vegetation resources in wilderness.
  • Identify strategies for managing vegetation resources in wilderness.

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the free The Wilderness Act of 1964 e-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. It is also recommended that you complete the Minimum Requirements Analysis course. The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and other e-courses can be found at


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