Wilderness Management Distance Education Program

The Wilderness Management Distance Education Program (WMDEP) offers accredited university courses for a comprehensive study of wilderness management. WMDEP is a valuable tool for understanding the wilderness resource and the issues surrounding its management-includes topics form philosophy and ecology to recreation and planning. 

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NRSM 405/561

Registration Deadline:  September 26, 2018 Course Dates:  October 1, 2018 – January 18, 2019

Course credit offered through The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

Wilderness Institute Staff Contact: kari.gunderson@umontana.edu


NRSM 405 and NRSM 561 cover ecosystem characteristics and basic principles of wilderness management. Separate chapters discuss management of specific wilderness resources such as fire, wildlife, cultural and historical sites, invasive species, research and scientific policies; and, managing nonconforming uses such as grazing, mining, and motorized vehicles, equipment and mechanical transport. The course also discusses the need to forge an integrated and collaborative system for wilderness stewardship across the four wilderness management agencies.