Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Vegetation

Where: Online


Management must continually guard the balance between natural progression and impeding invasive species. This course will define the vegetation component of wilderness resource, their value to wilderness and mandated management policies, including threats and strategies for balancing wilderness character.

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 Actions
  • Step 6: Monitor and Adapt
  • Case Study
Target Audience:
  • Wilderness Managers

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the vegetation component of the wilderness resource and explain its value in wilderness
  • Explain the basis of vegetation management in wilderness as provided by the Wilderness Act and agency policy
  • Recognize potential threats to vegetation resources in wilderness
  • Identify strategies for managing vegetation resources in wilderness

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.

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