The National Wilderness Preservation System is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service. In a spirit of cooperation these four agencies established the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center to "foster interagency excellence in wilderness stewardship by cultivating knowledgeable, skilled and capable wilderness managers and by improving public understanding of wilderness philosophy, values and processes."

 

The National Wilderness Preservation System is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service. In a spirit of cooperation these four agencies established the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center to "foster interagency excellence in wilderness stewardship by cultivating knowledgeable, skilled and capable wilderness managers and by improving public understanding of wilderness philosophy, values and processes."

Training addresses challenges in wilderness management, training, and education identified by wilderness managers all across the country. Current course offerings are available on the Carhart website. Some examples of courses of interest to trail managers and advocates:

  • Managing Visitor Use in Wilderness
  • Wilderness Stewardship - Regional Course
  • Wilderness Site Restoration - Sub Alpine Forests

The Wilderness Education Training Manual Series offer wilderness managers, educators and the interested public the opportunity to download curriculum, overheads, and other materials. The following links take you to the Carhart website where the books are free and can be viewed on-screen, saved, or printed.

Courses offered

REGIONAL WILDERNESS STEWARDSHIP
Upon completion of this 5 day, interagency session, participants will be able to: 1) interpret and discuss the 1964 Wilderness Act, agency policies and wilderness values envisioned by Congress and wilderness leaders 2) recognize the changing regional issues affecting wilderness management 3) identify and apply wilderness law, agency policy, and management principles to regionally-specific management challenges 4) demonstrate commitment to excellent wilderness stewardship and sound decision-making. Target audience: Field-level decision makers & key staff. Tuition - None

RESOURCE MONITORING & RESTORATION IN WILDERNESS
Upon completion of this 5 day, interagency session, participants will be able to: 1) incorporate appropriate procedures for defining natural resource monitoring needs and techniques; 2) plan and implement interdisciplinary, science-based restoration and revegetation projects. Focus is on restoring small sites in both Sierra and Great Basin ecosystems. Target audience: Wilderness Managers and Resource Specialists and anyone involved in wilderness restoration and/or monitoring of natural resources. Tuition - None

VISITOR USE MANAGEMENT
Upon completion of this 5 day, interagency session, participants will be able to: 1) apply a framework for wilderness stewardship to address visitor use issues; 2) identify indicators, standards and monitoring techniques for their wilderness area; and, 3) implement various techniques for managing visitor use and impacts. Target audience: Decision makers, Wilderness Managers and Staff. Tuition - None

WILDERNESS MANAGEMENT DISTANCE EDUCATION COURSES
In partnership with the University of Montana we are offering: Wilderness in the American Context, Managing the Wilderness Resource, Managing Wilderness Recreation, and Wilderness Management Planning. These courses may be available in two formats: 1) traditional study guide format; and 2) electronic format using the Internet. For individual course objectives or registration information, please contact the University of Montana, School of Forestry (406) 243-5346 FAX: 406-243-4845, email wmdep@forestry.umt.edu. audience: Federal land managers, city and state land and recreation planners, conservation organization members, educators, international wildland managers, students. Tuition, books, credit fee: $445-$894 for 3-4 credit courses, both undergraduate and graduate credit available.

UNIT WILDERNESS WORKSHOPS These 1-3 day sessions are tailored to meet the specific wilderness awareness and training needs of a unit based on unique course objectives developed for each session. This custom approach provides the foundation needed for units to address critical issues. For registration information please contact the unit sponsoring the workshop or agency representative at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. Tuition - None

Wilderness Management Distance Education Courses

In partnership with the University of Montana we are offering:

  • Wilderness in the American Context
  • Managing the Wilderness Resource
  • Managing Wilderness Recreation
  • Wilderness Management Planning

These courses may be available in two formats: 1) traditional study guide format; and 2) electronic format using the Internet. For individual course objectives or registration information, please contact the University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation (406) 243-5346 FAX: 406-243-4845 Target audience: Federal land managers, city and state land and recreation planners, conservation organization members, educators, international wildland managers, students. Tuition: $445-$625 for 4 credit courses, both undergraduate and graduate credit available.

Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

32 Campus Drive #3168 Missoula, MT 59812-3168
406-243-4682
https://carhart.wilderness.net