Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Challenges in Natural Resource Restoration

Where: Online


Managing natural resources is a challenging task given the pressures of legal mandates to keep wilderness natural yet untrammeled. This course will discuss the qualities of wilderness character and the dilemmas in managing these equally.

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
  • Restoration Dilemma
  • Myth of Pristine
  • Untrammeled and Natural
  • Wilderness Ideal
  • Conflicting Approaches
  • Decision-making Tool
  • Case Study

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe and differentiate the natural and untrammeled qualities of wilderness character
  • Explain the dilemma that might exist in trying to preserve these two qualities while managing resources in wilderness
  • Recognize the influences on making management decisions
  • Apply a 4-step process for making natural resource restoration decisions that optimized both the natural and untrammeled qualities of wilderness character

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s



You must pass the prerequisites 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 on-line wilderness courses at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

Target Audience:

Wilderness Managers

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