Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute

The Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute is the only Federal research group in the United States dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, parks and similarly protected areas.

Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center

Arthur Carhart Wilderness Training Center missions is to preserve the values and benefits of wilderness for present and future generations by connecting agency employees and the public with their wilderness heritage through training, information and education.

Wilderness Research Center, University of Idaho

The mission of the Wilderness Research Center is to study the human dimensions of wilderness ecosystems. The WRC conducts research and teaches courses on the use of wilderness for personal growth, therapy, educations and leadership development.

Wilderness Institute, University of Montana

The Wilderness Institute provides students, agencies and the public with information, education and an understanding of he issues and social and ecological values of wilderness.

Wilderness Management Distance Education Program

The Wilderness Management Distance Education Program offers accredited university courses for a comprehensive study of wilderness management. WMDEP is a valuable too for understanding the wilderness resource and the issues surrounding its management

Project Spotlight

Managing the Unexpected in Public Outreach for Fire and Fuels Management

The urgency, complexity, and contentiousness of fire and fuels management, in the Northern Rockies and across the West, have signaled the need for increased public outreach by wildland fire management organizations. Public outreach can help to inform and engage the public in management decisions, but at the same time many unexpected events can occur when conducting public outreach, such as contentious public meetings, withdrawal of key publics from participation, harassment of personnel within the organization, and litigation.  To reduce the likelihood of such events occurring and to maximize the benefits of public outreach, wildland fire management organizations need some framework to guide their outreach efforts.  Social scientists from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute drew upon the work of Weick and Sutcliffe (Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity, 2001) and their theory on managing with mindfulness to develop and test a potential framework to meet this need. Read More.

Public outreach conducted for the Forest Service prescribed burn was used as a case study