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Wilderness Planning

Wilderness Specialists - KSAs needed to address wilderness stewardship needs in programmatic and project level planning processes.

Entry Level

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the specific unit's land management plan direction for wilderness
  • the relationship between wilderness and other unit management plans
  • the project planning process and its relationship to land management plan direction

Full Performance Level

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • same as Entry Level
  • the theory and concepts of Limits of Acceptable Change, Visitor Experience and Resource Protection, or similar planning processes
  • the unit land management planning process
  • agency or unit wilderness information database
  • the unit’s wilderness resource, values, and management issues
  • NEPA requirements
  • the wilderness resource and principles of management sufficient for representing it in interdisciplinary situations with other resource specialists

Ability to:

  • accomplish collaborative planning at both the project and program level
  • identify issues, develop and implement project plans
  • develop wilderness program action plans or implementation schedules
  • identify and communicate wilderness research and technology development needs
  • apply research
  • ensure that wilderness planning is interdisciplinary and integrated with other planning documents

Skilled in:

  • involving other government agencies and the public in the collaborative planning process where agency appropriate
  • interdisciplinary planning
  • wilderness information, education, and interpretation planning and implementation
  • developing partnerships
  • applying the minimum requirements analysis process

Expert  Level

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • same as Full Performance

Ability to:

  • provide technical assistance for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other resource management planning activities
  • accomplish collaborative planning at the program level and identify and develop regional planning strategies and initiatives. 
  • identify and assist with resolving regional scale issues
  • prioritize and communicate wilderness research and technology development needs
  • transfer knowledge from research results
  • review or respond to appeals and lawsuits on various wilderness issues
  • interpret effects to wilderness from changes in planning policies
  • provide advice in the evaluation and study process requirements for agency wilderness designation recommendations to Congress
  • complete analysis, devise new procedures, and provide advice on complex problems using technical information or resource data that is often inconclusive or unclear

Skilled in:

  • same as Full Performance