Preserving Cultural & Wilderness Resources:

Achieving Common Ground

Rolling ocean wave crests near a natural rock arch at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park


October 18-20, 2022


Course Lead

Tim Devine, National Park Service representative, interagency Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center


Tuition of $250 per participant. Participants pay their own travel and per diem. Information about lodging options will be made available to those selected.


This course is focused specifically on the stewardship of cultural resources in wilderness and is appropriate for mid-level and field-level cultural and wilderness specialists from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service.


There is a long-standing perceived conflict between cultural and wilderness laws and stewardship. In 2015, Preserving Cultural and Wilderness Resources: Achieving Common Ground was developed to help alleviate this perception. This course is open to all land management agencies and welcomes cultural and wilderness specialists to come together to discuss commonalities.

Taught workshop-style, the course presents an overview of law and agency policy, illuminates the historical context for pertinent court cases, showcases traditional skills often required to execute historic preservation projects in wilderness, highlights indigenous peoples’ perspectives, and provides an opportunity for robust discussions.

Through real life scenarios and field-based exercises participants will apply the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation and the Minimum Requirements Analysis to determine the best course of action to minimize impacts while achieving both cultural and wilderness preservation objectives.

The course encourages both cultural and wilderness specialists to challenge their views on stewardship and identify the common ground between cultural and wilderness resources.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the Wilderness Act of 1964, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and agency policies, and how they affect local decision-making and the management of cultural resources in wilderness.
  • Understand the conflicts between managing for cultural and wilderness resources, and how these conflicts can be resolved to preserve both.
  • Consider how to approach cultural preservation questions, project planning, and design in Wilderness.
  • Explore the complexities of ethnographic resources including traditional indigenous uses and perspectives of Wilderness
  • Discuss the Minimum Requirements Analysis process and traditional skills application in a preserving wilderness character
  • Recognize the range of issues across agencies and professions in managing cultural resources in Wilderness, through discussion with peer course participants


Required: Watch a short video prior to attending is required.

  1. Watch this video on Minimum Requirements Analysis

How to Register

Complete and submit the Registration Form. Registration Deadline is Friday, September 16, 2022. The course is limited to 35 participants. Those selected will be notified after the registration deadline.


Questions about the registration and tuition should be directed to Holly Metzger at or 406-381-2203. Questions about course content or logistics should be directed to Tim Devine,, 406-214-5412 or Laura Kirn,, 805-658-5752.