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Minimum Requirements Analysis

Conducting a minimum requirements analysis follows the direction of both law and agency policy and helps land managers make informed decisions. Although there are a number of different minimum requirements forms available for use, the form referenced here is the Minimum Requirements Decision Guide, or MRDG, developed by the interagency Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center.

Minimum Requirements Decision Guide, 2016 Revision

This revised Minimum Requirements Decision Guide (MRDG) is designed to assist wilderness managers in making stewardship decisions. Units with special provisions mandated by legislation subsequent to the Wilderness Act of 1964 must insure full consideration of these other legal requirements. Wilderness managers in Alaska must insure that their decisions are in accordance with the provisions of ANILCA.

Process Outline
Provides a brief outline of the MRDG process.
Provides general information on the origin of the MRDG process, how to use it, and how it relates to emergencies, NEPA, planning.
Provides guidance on how to fill out worksheets.
Workbook (Excel format)
Provides an Excel-based fill-in form that all agencies can use to display and compare proposed alternatives and document decisions.

Workbook (WORD format)
Provides an alternative to the Excel spreadsheet for those who find the Excel version cumbersome. Rollover screen tips and links provide guidance for things that are different than the Excel version. The WORD version requires a lot of duplicate entry and manual calculations, but the text boxes and cells auto expand and everything is in a single (long) document. It is entirely unprotected, so users may cut, copy, and paste as they wish. As with the Excel version, the light blue cells are the ones in which users enter information. Note that the section name and page numbers are found at the bottom of each section.
Agency Guidelines
Provides additional agency-specific guidance, if necessary, or desired.
Evaluation Guide
Provides section-by-section guidance on what an unacceptable, acceptable or outstanding MRDG contains.
Case Study Examples
The examples provided here should be used as a reference while following agency guidelines and using the current MRDG Instructions and Worksheets as needed. Additional information is provided in a WORD document accompanying each worksheet.
Alaska Supplement
Provides assistance in adapting the use of the MRDG to Alaska's wilderness units with respect to the Wilderness Act of 1964 (PL 88-577) and Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA), as amended, (PL 96-487).
AFWA Minimum Requirement Decision Process Outline
Outlines the Minimum Requirements Decisions Process for certain proposed projects within wilderness proposed by State fish and wildlife agencies.
Minimum Requirements Analysis Training Courses
These free online courses are available from the Carhart Center. 2014 Minimum Requirements Analysis Live webinars are also available online.

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