Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Soil and Water

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It’s often taken for granted that soil and water will always be there – clean, plentiful and productive. Many wilderness areas are important to the preservation of water and soil resources because these areas allow natural processes to dominate, and it is these natural processes that help renew water and soil. This course discusses the importance of monitoring soil and water resources – inside and outside wilderness; the various laws relating to management; and strategies for prevention, mitigation and restoration of impacts on soil and water resources 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:

  • Describe the tie between watershed attributes of soil and water and the National Wilderness Preservation System.
  • Explain the basis of managing soil and water resources in wilderness.
  • Define and recognize the ecological function of biological soil crust resources.
  • Recognize potential threats to and issues concerning soil and water resources in wilderness.
  • Identify management strategies and guidelines.
  • Discuss several monitoring programs available for soil and water resources.

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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