Evaluating Scientific Proposals for Paleontological Resources in Wilderness

Where: Online


This course discusses the process for evaluating proposals for conducting scientific activity in wilderness related to paleontological resources and the decisions wilderness managers must make in order to preserve wilderness character with such activity.  This course is the third in a series of three courses in the Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness course of study.

Course Format

This course integrates informational text, interactive practice activities, engaging videos, Learn More opportunities, and supplemental reference materials. Following the course, you will take a brief assessment requiring 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 Schedule

This course is self-paced and integrates self-study allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. Within each course, you decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Course Chapters
  • Research in Wilderness
  • Compliance Requirements
  • Evaluation Framework
  • Step 1: Initial Review Filter
  • Step 2: Quality of Proposal Filter
  • Step 3: Legal and Policy Filter
  • Step 4: Benefits and Impacts Filter
  • Recommendation
  • Case Study
  • Summary and Key Points

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain how paleontological research is compatible with wilderness management
  • Use the Evaluation Framework to evaluate a proposal for scientific activity
  • Identify "red flags" in a proposal
  • Evaluate the quality of a proposal
  • Determine if research is wilderness dependent
  • Complete a Benefits Assessment
  • Complete an Impacts Assessment

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s



You must pass these with an 80% or higher before taking this course.

It is recommended that you take the Inventory and Monitoring of Paleontological Resources in Wilderness course to complete the Managing Paleontological Resources in Wilderness course series.

See the complete listing of on-line wilderness courses at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

Target Audience:

  • Wilderness Managers
  • Paleontologists
  • Natural Resource Specialists
  • Resource Managers

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