Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Air Quality

Where: Online


Clean air is an integral part of ecosystems and is significant to the natural quality of wilderness character. It not only provides an essential component of the habitat for plants and animals, but it contributes to the wilderness experience by affording clear vistas and a suggestion of primeval character. This course explains the legal basis for managing air quality in wilderness and the various issues involved in air quality management. This course is not intended to make you an air quality specialist, but to acquaint you as a wilderness manager with the laws and processes available to manage air quality in wilderness.

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
  • Key Terms
  • Law and 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 Options
  • Step 6: Monitor and Adapt

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

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

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s



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

It is also recommended that you take Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals, the first course in the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness series.

See the complete listing of online wilderness courses at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

Target Audience
  • Wilderness Managers

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