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Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center Online Courses and Certificate Programs

These online courses are offered in partnership with the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University or the University of Montana. Click on a title to learn more and register online, or view registration information for all online courses. Free webinars are also available. For more information on current classroom courses, click here.

Free enrollment for the following courses is currently open.

Wilderness Act

The Wilderness Act of 1964 > The purpose of The Wilderness Act of 1964 course is to acquaint you with the contents of this law and equip you to consider its impact in managing a wilderness area.

This is a foundational course and, along with Minimum Requirements Analysis, is a required prerequisite, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, for all the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center courses. These required courses provide the foundation for subsequent courses and for conducting management actions within wilderness.

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Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis

Writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis > This course describes the minimum requirements concept and guides users through the process of writing a Minimum Requirements Analysis (MRA) using the Minimum Requirements Decision Guide (MRDG) developed by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. During this course, participants will: Define minimum requirements; Identify the benefits to using the MRA process and the MRDG; Explain under what circumstances the MRA is to be used; Describe the MRA process; Use the MRDG.

There is one required prerequisite for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis

Evaluating a Minimum Requirements Analysis > This course provides learners with the knowledge and tools to evaluate Minimum Requirement Analyses through a detailed simulation. Participants practice evaluating a simulated MRA using the Minimum Requirements Decision Guide (MRDG) developed by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. The simulation provides a risk-free learning environment and an opportunity to compare their work to that of an expert.

There is one required prerequisite for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers

Deciding to Keep Wilderness Wild: Four Cornerstones for Wilderness Managers > This course explores the four most important principles of managing wilderness: Preserve Wildness and Natural Conditions, Protect Wilderness Benefits, Provide and Use the Minimum Necessary, and Manage Wilderness as a Whole. The course is designed to stimulate your thought process so that when you are faced with difficult wilderness stewardship issues, you can make well-informed decisions that minimize negative impacts to wilderness character as required by The Wilderness Act of 1964.

There is one required prerequisite for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Minimum Requirements Analysis course.

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The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) and Wilderness Stewardship in Alaska

The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) and Wilderness Stewardship in Alaska > ANILCA, passed in 1980, designated the most wilderness in the National Wilderness Preservation System and included the most special provisions of any subsequent wilderness legislation. This course will identify the ANILCA special provisions and explain how they are implemented within the context of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and other considerations for managing wilderness in Alaska.

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Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework

Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework > The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework course contains nine modules designed to assist you in developing and selecting management action alternatives and implementing an action plan.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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RECM/FOR 406 Wilderness Management Planning > This course, offered through the University of Montana's Wilderness Management Distance Education Program, is instead for students who are interested in a for-academic-credit university-level distance education course that provides an in-depth understanding of wilderness planning theory and methods, examines case studies in wilderness planning, and compares different types of planning processes.

Wilderness Visitor Use Management

Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals > This is the first in a series of three courses in the Visitor Use Management course of study and is designed to introduce you to the fundamental principles of Visitor Use Management.

There is one required prerequisite for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Minimum Requirements Analysis course and that you take the other Visitor Use Management courses in sequence: Strategies, and Monitoring.

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Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Strategies > This is the second in a series of three courses in the Visitor Use Management course of study. This course contains four modules that explain management strategies in general and specific strategies to address biophysical and social impacts, including visitor education and the essential role it plays in managing visitor use.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Visitor Use Management: Fundamentals, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Minimum Requirements Analysis course.

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Visitor Use Management in Wilderness: Monitoring > This is the third in a series of three courses in the Visitor Use Management course of study and contains four modules that introduce the process for monitoring campsites, trail impacts, and visitor use. An optional section on monitoring visitor encounters is also included.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Visitor Use Management: Fundamentals, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Minimum Requirements Analysis and Visitor Use Management: Strategies courses.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness

Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals > This is the first in a series of twelve courses in the Natural Resource Management course of study. This course presents the legal foundation for managing natural resources in wilderness and relevant natural resource management concepts.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Challenges in Natural Resource Restoration > Managing natural resources is a challenging task given the pressures of legal mandates to keep wilderness natural yet untrammeled. This course discusses these qualities of wilderness character and the dilemma of managing them equally.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Monitoring > Wilderness management often involves monitoring in order to adapt quickly to threats. This course addresses the types of monitoring goals and methods used and why managers must weigh the costs associated with gathering precise and accurate data from monitoring efforts.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity > This course discusses the process to evaluate proposals for conducting scientific activity in wilderness and the decisions wilderness managers must make in order to preserve wilderness character with such activity.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fish and Wildlife > This course explains the basis for fish and wildlife management in wilderness. It presents law, policy and other legal requirements for addressing various threats and issues involving fish and wildlife. This course also presents guidelines, principles and case studies that demonstrate a variety of management options.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fish and Wildlife Inventory and Monitoring > This course explains the importance of monitoring fish and wildlife and demonstrates application of the basic concepts of survey sampling for fish and wildlife in wilderness. This information corresponds to Step 1 and Step 4, respectively, of the 8-Step Process for Developing a Monitoring Program outlined in the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Monitoring course.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals; Monitoring; and Fish and Wildlife courses.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Threatened and Endangered Species > This course presents guidelines managers can follow to satisfy requirements of the Wilderness Act, the Endangered Species Act, and agency policies when managing threatened and endangered species in wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Air Quality > This course explains the legal basis for managing air quality in wilderness and the various issues involved for management. This course isn't intended to qualify you as an air specialist, but to acquaint you—as a wilderness manager—with the laws and processes available to manage air quality in wilderness. Every agency has an air resource section with air specialists who are available to assist you with any air quality management issues you may have in your wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Soil and Water > This course discusses the importance of management and monitoring soil and water resources—inside and outside wilderness; the various laws relating to management; and identifies strategies for prevention, mitigation, and restoration of impacts on soil and water resources in wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Vegetation > This course defines the vegetation component of the wilderness resource, its value to wilderness, and mandated management policies, including threats and strategies for managing vegetation in wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Soundscapes > This course differentiates natural sound from noise in the acoustical environments that make up soundscapes in wilderness. It identifies threats and strategies for managing soundscapes in wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Night Sky > This course discusses the basis of night sky resource management, including the threats and principles for managing night sky in wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals course.

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Cultural Resources Management in Wilderness

Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals > This is the first in a series of three courses in the Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness course of study. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the importance of cultural resources in wilderness, and how stewardship of those resources differs in wilderness from areas that are not wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness: Inventory and Monitoring > This is the second in a series of three courses in the Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness course of study. This course provides you with a basic understanding of the inventory and monitoring processes as related to cultural resources.

There are three required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness: Evaluating Scientific Proposals > This is the third in a series of three courses in the Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness course of study. This course discusses the process for evaluating proposals for conducting scientific activity in wilderness related to cultural resources and the decisions wilderness managers must make in order to preserve wilderness character with such activity.

There are three required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the, Cultural Resource Management in Wilderness: Inventory and Monitoring course.

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Paleontological Resources Management in Wilderness

Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals > This is the first in a series of three courses in the Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness course of study. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the importance of paleontological resources in wilderness, and how stewardship of those resources differs in wilderness from areas that are not wilderness.

There are two required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964 and Minimum Requirements Analysis, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness: Inventory and Monitoring > This is the second in a series of three courses in the Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness course of study. This course provides you with a basic understanding of the inventory and monitoring processes as related to paleontological resources.

There are three required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course.

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Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness: Evaluating Scientific Proposals > This is the third in a series of three courses in the Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness course of study. This course discusses the process for evaluating proposals for conducting scientific activity in wilderness related to paleontological resources and the decisions wilderness managers must make in order to preserve wilderness character with such activity.

There are three required prerequisites for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964, Minimum Requirements Analysis, and Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness: Fundamentals, which you must take and pass with an 80% or higher, before taking this course. It is recommended that you take the, Paleontological Resource Management in Wilderness: Inventory and Monitoring in Wilderness course.

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Special Provisions

Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Aircraft and Motorboats > After taking this course, participants will know the circumstances when landing of aircraft and motorboat use is allowed in wilderness; recognize how special language in designating legislation may impact aircraft and motorboat use (including Alaskan circumstances allowed by ANILCA); and review appropriate maintenance of facilities to enable approved use of aircraft and motorboats in wilderness.

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Special Provisions in Wilderness: Commercial Services > After taking this course, participants will differentiate Commercial Enterprise (generally forbidden) from Commercial Service (may be allowed); define "necessary" in regard to commercial services in wilderness; define the relationship between capacity and the extent necessary; describe pitfalls and misconceptions regarding Commercial Service; and make a determination of the "extent necessary" for a commercial service in their wilderness.

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Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Fire > This course reviews the appropriate management of fire in wilderness, including the use of prescribed fire and fuel treatments. This course is not a replacement for fire training. This course will help participants: recognize the natural role of fire in their wilderness, locate their agency's policy for managing wilderness fire; differentiate between managing fire in wilderness and fire outside of wilderness; be able to contribute as a participant in the fire management planning process and on ongoing projects/incidents; describe the responsibilities of wilderness specialists and fire management specialists; and, explain the process that should be applied to determine appropriate use of fire for resource benefits and non-fire fuel treatments.

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Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Grazing > This course is about grazing in wilderness as it applies to special provisions of the Wilderness Act of 1964. The course provides a broad overview of the legal framework that supports wilderness grazing, reviews how grazing may impact the land, and introduces the types of plans that are used to manage grazing.

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Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Inholdings and Rights-of-Way > This course addresses the management of rights-of-way and access to inholdings in designated wilderness. This course will help participants: describe an approach to managing inholdings, edgeholdings, and rights-of-way that is consistent with the Wilderness Act, identify key issues in processing an authorization for access, describe allowable maintenance of access routes, identify non-vehicular rights-of-way that may be located in wilderness, and define an RS2477 public right-of-way and explain how it might be managed in a wilderness.

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Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Insects and Disease > This course reviews the appropriate management considerations for managing insects and disease in wilderness. This course does not cover non-native plants, including weeds, and it does not cover disease in wildlife species. After completing this course, participants will be better equipped to: recognize the impact of managing insects and disease on wilderness character; locate their agency's policy for managing insects and disease in wilderness; differentiate between controlling exotic versus native insects and diseases in wilderness and outside of wilderness; discuss actions that are appropriate and effective for controlling insects and disease in wilderness; and explain the basic options of how climate change may impact the management of insects and disease in wilderness. If you would like information on invasive exotic plants, including weeds, please take the e-course Natural Resource Management in Wilderness: Vegetation.

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Managing Special Provisions in Wilderness: Wildlife > This course places wildlife jurisdiction and stewardship responsibilities in the context of the Wilderness Act. After completing this course, participants should be able to: explain who has the authority for which aspects of wildlife management in wilderness; locate wildlife management regulations/policies; explain common misconceptions in the application of agency policies; interpret "different" language concerning wildlife management in subsequent laws that designate a wilderness; describe how wildlife issues extend beyond wilderness boundaries and the implications for management; and recognize that some species may need more substantial management in order to be maintained as part of preserving wilderness character.

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Traditional Skills

The Crosscut Sawyer > This course is designed to provide the basic technical knowledge needed by Federal land management agency employees and partners to use crosscut saws safely and efficiently for bucking in moderately complex or "B-level" situations. The course is intended to complement, but not replace, field certification, in which sawyers may also be required to prove their competence to a certifying official before being allowed to operate a crosscut saw.

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Fundamentals of Wilderness Stewardship Certificate Program

The fundamentals certificate comprises four online courses that explore the history, philosophy, and application of wilderness law, regulation and policy in the United States. Also included are guided place-based assignments that build upon each other and the student's growing understanding of his/her wilderness area of choice. A key component of this verified certificate program is the one-on-one mentoring provided by experts in the field of wilderness management. The mentors guide the students through the series of courses, assist in the selection of wilderness study sites, and provide feedback and grade assignments.

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