Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals

Where: Online


This course will introduce you to the topic of visitor use management in wilderness, explain why it is necessary, review the relevant authorities that exist through law and agency policy, and examine the challenges for management, including threats to the biophysical and social components of the wilderness resource.

Course Format

This course integrates informational text, interactive practice activities, 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
  • Definition of Visitor Use Management
  • Purpose of Wilderness
  • Management of Wilderness
  • Visitor Opportunities
  • Threats
  • Process Review

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall relevant portions of law and agency-specific policy
  • Define visitor use management
  • Explain the need for visitor use management

Estimated Completion Time

2 Hour/s


This is the first of three courses in the Visitor Use Management in Wilderness series, which also includes Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Monitoring Impacts and Use and Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Strategies.


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

It is also recommended you take Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis and Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis.

See the complete listing of on-line wilderness courses at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

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