Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity

Where: Online


This course discusses the process for evaluating proposals for conducting scientific activity in wilderness and the decisions wilderness managers must make in order to preserve wilderness character with such activity. The content of this course builds on theories of what you learned in the Minimum Requirements Analysis course with four protection filters to determine the appropriateness of proposed scientific research 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
  • Scientific Activities in Wilderness
  • 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

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the appropriateness and compatibility of scientific activity in wilderness
  • Identify any compliance requirements necessary to allow scientific activity in wilderness
  • Employ a process to evaluate scientific proposals for monitoring and research projects specific to your wilderness area

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s



You must pass all 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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