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February 27-29, 2012: Wilderness Stewardship in the Rockies, University of Montana’s Lubrect Experimental Forest and Conference Center, MT. Topics for this year’s workshop include: Wilderness character monitoring and integration, Wilderness and ecosystem services, backcountry social science surveys, and more.  Discussion/problem solving sessions will be based on participants providing best practices/lessons learned from their experiences. Agenda; Participant List


October 22-25, 2012: Interagency Wilderness Interpretation and Education Workshop, Estes Park, CO.  How can celebrating the 50th anniversary of wilderness in 2014 connect people to Parks, Forests, Refuges, and National Landscape Conservation Lands? If people don't go to wilderness, why do they care about it? What role does wilderness play in landscape scale conservation? If you want answers to these questions and to learn how you can you use momentum afforded by the 50th anniversary to advance your unit goals, and address your wilderness issues, then this 2 1/2 day tuition-free workshop is for you! Learn how you can use your skills and that of other participants to develop strategies for interpreting, communicating, and educating internal and external audiences about the values and benefits of America's wilderness heritage in a changing world. (registration open until September 3)


Wild Matters: Cultural Resources in Wilderness, Cultural Resources for Wilderness “Cultural activities have helped shape and preserve wilderness for thousands of years, and wilderness designations and practices have helped to protect cultural heritage resources from a wide variety of effects. But in the federal land management world this relationship has had highs and lows, including controversial court cases.  When conflicts between wilderness and cultural heritage values are settled in court, the stakeholders have relinquished power to a judge and future relationships suffer.  This article, part of the “Wild Matters” series produced by the National Park Service’s Intermountain Region Wilderness Executive Committee, considers important principles for managing cultural resources in designated wilderness, describes areas of overlap, discusses some success stories, and provides a frame of reference as we negotiate pathways beyond – or around – the thorny obstacles of litigation.  Rocky Mountains CESU Cultural Specialist Pei-Lin Yu is a co-author.”

What’s Protected, What’s Not: New Protected Areas Database for United States’ Land Now Available
Getting a picture of the status of conservation efforts in the United States has just been made easier thanks to a just-released database that allows wildlife and conservation professionals to visit a single place to find comprehensive information on protected areas. PAD-US, released in April 2009, is a national inventory of protected lands. In addition to providing comprehensive information about public lands in the United States, this geodatabase includes information that allows it to be incorporated into the United Nations' World Protected Areas Database (WDPA), thereby aiding a new perspective on conservation efforts worldwide. PAD-US was prepared in collaboration with the PAD-US Partnership, a public-private planning consortium comprised of federal, state, and non-governmental organizations interested in the inventory and management of protected lands