General Information

Seminar Design

The Seminar stimulates deliberations and interactive problem-solving for issues related to protected area and natural resource management. Program activities take advantage of the rich experiences and multiple cultural perspectives of the participants, as well as the unique heritage and resources available in the Northern Rocky Mountain region.

To experience the opportunities available in the region, Seminar participants will travel to several types of protected areas. Participants will interact with respected experts in the management of national parks, wildlife refuges, privately held land conservancies, and multiple use forest and grassland reserves.

Designed for mid-career planners and managers of nationally significant protected areas world-wide, this integrated state-of-the-art seminar examines strategies to conserve the world’s most special places. The program, sponsored by the US Forest Service International Programs and the University of Montana, will evaluate policies and institutional arrangements that sustain both people and natural resources.Group at Rattlesnake Recreation Area, Montana

Seminar Themes

* Integrated Planning For Protected Areas

Participants will examine the strengths and weaknesses of several types of planning models to recognize the potential for resource protection as well as an equitable and sustainable distribution of benefits.

* Community Involvement

Participants will explore methods for engaging resident populations in protected area management that address the application of local knowledge, the analysis of stakeholder interests, and the assessment of local land use practices on resource sustainability.

* Tourism, Concessions & Visitor Management

Participants will analyze several forms of concession arrangements; they will discuss tourism strategies and the consequences of increased visitation on both the environment and visitor experience; and they will explore the administrative and operational implications of private/public partnerships in protected area management.

* Transboundary Management in the Face of Climate Change

Participants will be provided an opportunity to examine transboundary management issues such as climate change, fire, and wildlife management.

Seminar Expenses

The cost of the Seminar is $6,500 for each participant, which will include all instruction, lodging, and food throughout the program. Travel that occurs within the United States during the operation of the program will also be covered by the tuition fee. Air travel expenses to and from the Seminar are the responsibility of
participants and/or their sponsors.

Seminar Guidelines

The Seminar is a technical and professional course, placing a high demand on the attention and contributions of participants.

The course is offered in English, so English speaking proficiency is a requirement for course attendance. Each participant will offer a brief presentation on management issues in their home country, allowing others to recognize the common challenges facing managers worldwide.

Selection of participants will be based only on professional and technical competency, without regard to gender, race, creed, or nationality. During the course of the program, all participants will be considered students of the University of Montana. Enrollment in the Seminar is limited, so early application is highly encouraged. Individuals must apply by April 1, 2018.

Funding for participation is not available from the Seminar organizers.

Instructional Staff

The International Seminar on Protected Area Management is administered by Professor Keith Bosak, Will Fabro, and graduate students of the Wilderness Institute at the University of Montana, retired dean of the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, James Burchfield, and David Campbell, retired USDA Forest Service District Ranger.

Key public agency personnel from the US Forest Service and the National Park Service will join the program and assist with program operations, as well as leaders in protected area management from non-governmental organizations and private enterprises.

Timing and Location

The Seminar will begin in Washington, DC. It will take place from July 8-28, 2018. Participants should plan to arrive in Washington, DC on or before July 8th so they may have an opportunity to rest before beginning the program. The seminar will be largely based in Missoula, Montana. During the Seminar, participants will visit Washington, DC, four National Forests, including two Wilderness areas, the Flathead Indian Reservation, rural communities in western Montana, and Yellowstone National Park.