Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework

For Professionals

This course is hosted by the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

The Wilderness Stewardship Planning Framework (WSPF) is composed of six different but related components: building a foundation for success, identifying and describing desired conditions, gathering and analyzing information, identifying and selecting indicators, specifying standards, and analyzing and selecting management alternatives. The six components are presented in sequence, though the process of developing an actual framework is likely to be iterative rather than linear. The WSPF is a logical process that assists in understanding, developing, and selecting management action alternatives that ensure the preservation of wilderness character.

There is one strongly recommended prerequisite for this course, The Wilderness Act of 1964.


Register for this course by visiting the proValens Learning course catalog. Add this course to your cart (no cost) then proceed to checkout to create an account. You will use this account to log in to access the course materials (now and later), to access your completion certificate, and to take any additional wilderness courses you choose.

For Students

NRSM 406/NRSM 563 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.