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Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center Free Webinars

Each year the Carhart Center and its partners offer one or more free webinar series on different topics. Webinars in each series are archived for later viewing.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinars are generally announced and listed here one month prior.

Past Webinars

Wilderness Stewardship Performance, Trails Element (2017)

Jaime Schmidt (USDA Forest Service National Trail Program Manager) and Stacy Duke (USDA Forest Service, Hoosier National Forest) provided a short introduction to the Forest Service wilderness performance measure, Wilderness Stewardship Performance and presented detailed information on scoring for the Trails Element including examples of required deliverables associated with the element. The webinar concluded with information on where to find support resources related to the Trails Element.
View now Webinar recording from September 26, 2017

Wilderness Stewardship Performance, Solitude Element (2017)

Troy Hall (Oregon State University) and Stacy Duke (Forest Service) provided a short introduction to the Forest Service wilderness performance measure, Wilderness Stewardship Performance, presented detailed information on scoring for the Solitude element, and provided examples of required deliverables associated with the element. The webinar concluded with information on where to find support resources related to the Solitude element.
View now Webinar recording from July 13, 2017

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Wilderness (2017)

Bob Wick (Bureau of Land Management), Parker Martyn (National Park Service), Jeff Lucas (Fish and Wildlife Service), and Sandy Skrien (Forest Service) talked about how each agency handles UAS use from an administrative, outside request (e.g. research, SAR, commercial etc.), and public/recreational standpoint.
View now Webinar recording and presentations from Bob Wick, Parker Martyn, Jeff Lucas, Sandy Skrien from June 7, 2017

Evaluating Proposals for Ecological Intervention in Wilderness (2017)

Beth Hahn and Peter Landres, ecologists from the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, presented the final version of their supplementary tool intended to provide support to agency staff in completing an MRA or MRDG for proposals that involve ecological intervention in wilderness, including projects motivated by the preservation of cultural resources. This supplement is needed because ecological intervention proposals commonly entail complex legal, scientific, and ethical questions that may be beyond the realm of a typical MRA or MRDG. By asking questions early in the proposal evaluation process, this supplement is intended to help agency staff identify issues that need to be resolved before moving forward with the MRA or MRDG and other required analyses.
View now Webinar recording and Presentation from May 17, 2017

Wilderness and Technology: A Dialogue (2017)

Panelists presented national and local stewardship, commercial, academic, research, and inter-generational perspectives, including examples or case studies, that illustrate the challenges and benefits of new technologies now being used in wilderness more frequently by visitors. Speakers: Roger Semler, national wilderness lead for the National Park Service; Paige Darden, marketing and public relations director for MyTopo; Dr. Bob Dvorak, professor at Central Michigan University and managing editor of the International Journal of Wilderness; Ann Schwaller, wilderness manager for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; Mark Vandlik, wilderness and technology social science graduate student
View now Webinar recording, presentations from Roger Semler, Paige Darden, Bob Dvorak, Ann Schwaller, and Mark Vandlik, from February 21, 2017

Progress in Wilderness Fire Science: Embracing Complexity (2016)

Carol Miller, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute; Greg Aplet, The Wilderness Society; and Dave Campbell, Retired Forest Service District Ranger/Society of Wilderness Stewardship Board Chair, presented state-of-knowledge information and select case studies on recent developments in our understanding of the complexity of wildland fire as a landscape process. This webinar was part of a series on Wilderness Science hosted in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and the Journal of Forestry in conjunction with the journal's May 2016 Wilderness Science issue.
View now Webinar recording, presentations from Carol Miller, Greg Aplet, and Dave Campbell from May 26, 2016

A Framework to Assess the Effects of Commercial Air Tour Noise on Wilderness (2016)

Megan McKenna and Brent Lignell, Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, National Park Service, discussed a framework designed to assess noise from commercial air tours and the concerns associated with impacts to wilderness character. More generally, the framework may be applicable to decision-making to maintain or improve soundscape conditions in wilderness related to other noise sources in and near wilderness. This webinar was part of a series on Wilderness Science hosted in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and the Journal of Forestry in conjunction with the journal's May 2016 Wilderness Science issue.
View now Webinar recording (Frog images on slide 14 used by permission from Michael Benard's Frog Call Page), presentation from May 5, 2016

The Next 50 Years: Opportunities for Diversifying the Ecological Representation of the NWPS (2016)

Jocelyn Aycrigg, Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho; Matthew Dietz, The Wilderness Society; and James Tricker, University of Montana & Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, presented a simulation on how adding different types of lands (ex. National Park Service non-wilderness lands, Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service roadless areas etc.) to the National Wilderness Preservation System would change ecological system representation. This webinar was part of a series on Wilderness Science hosted in partnership with the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute and the Journal of Forestry in conjunction with the journal's May 2016 Wilderness Science issue.
View now Webinar recording, presentation from April 28, 2016

Wilderness and Accessibility (2016)

Congressional designated wilderness areas offer unique opportunities for remote area experiences with solitude and self-reliance. How do people who have disabilities fit into those areas? Is a wheelchair mechanical transport? During this webinar, accessibility expert Janet Zeller (Forest Service) gave an overview of what is required and what is not required in relation to people who have disabilities and access to wilderness areas.
View now Webinar recording from January 27, 2016

Creative Uses of Technology and Digital Storytelling to Connect People with Wild Places (2016)

During this webinar Sarah Gulick (National Park Service) covered videography case studies in effective less-is-more digital storytelling and techniques that achieve an experiential digital experience. Melanie Hill (WILD Foundation) covered website redesign best practices learned during the WILD Foundation's recent logo and website redesign. Hannah Ettema (National Forest Foundation) covered social media engagement best practices. Kassia Randzio (Montana Wilderness Association) previewed the new digital interactive Montana trail guide, an educational tool for wilderness visitors. The recording for this webinar will be posted when available.
View now Webinar recording, Sarah's America's Wilderness video series, and presentations from Melanie Hill, Hannah Ettema, and Kassia Randzio from January 21, 2016

The Diversity of the National Wilderness Preservation System (2015)

This webinar featured speakers from across the wilderness system who discussed the variety of landscapes and diversity of resources and experiences within the NWPS, the range of people who value wilderness for different reason, and the specific things that people value about wilderness. Ralph Swain, Wilderness Program Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service, presented on the physical diversity of the NWPS, from the smallest to the largest area and the wide variety of geographic landscapes represented. Dr. Ramesh Ghimire, University of Georgia and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, presented his research: "Wilderness and the American Public: An Assessment and Comparison of Perceived Benefits of and Support for Wilderness Areas." An article about his research appears in an April 2015 issue of the International Journal of Wilderness. Janet Zeller, the National Accessibility Program Manager for the Forest Service, spoke about how people with disabilities value and use wilderness areas. Jesse Linton, a student at the University of Montana, shared how wilderness is perceived and appreciated by members of his young generation. Wayne Hubbard and Candice Price, founders of Urban American Outdoors, presented on how they are working to engage nontraditional stakeholders, specifically the diverse and underserved audience, with the wilderness resource. Jesse DesRosier, a Blackfeet Tribe member and advocate for the VetVoice Foundation, spoke about the importance and relevance of wilderness in everyday life, both from the perspective of a Tribal member in western Montana and a returned veteran from the U.S. Armed Forces.
View now Webinar recording and presentations from Ralph Swain, Dr. Ramesh Ghimire, and Janet Zeller from December 15, 2015

U.S. Border Patrol: It's Mission and Wilderness Stewardship (2015)

This webinar featured Assistant Chief Rafael Cano, the National Public Lands Liaison Agent Program Manager at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters and Patrol Agent in Charge Scott Good of the Ajo Border Patrol Station in Southern Arizona. Both work in cooperation with wilderness managers to preserve wilderness character while developing strategies to secure the U.S. border and protect environmental and cultural resources for future generations. The objectives of this webinar were to: Define the purpose and mission of the U.S. Border Patrol; Describe the Public Lands Liaison Agent Program; Explain the purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Agriculture and Interior; and Explore successful collaboration efforts between the U.S. Border Patrol and wilderness managers as well as various outreach and education initiatives aimed at educating Border Patrol personnel, resource managers and law enforcement personnel.
View now Webinar recording and presentations from Rafael Cano and Scott Good from November 10, 2015

Evaluating Proposals for Scientific Activity in Wilderness: A Framework to Guide Evaluations and Relevant Examples (2014)

Presented by wilderness professionals Justin Preisendorfer of the White Mountain NF, Alison Steiner and Koren Nydick of Sequoia-Kings Canyon NP, and Regina Rochefort of North Cascades NP. This webinar included examples of the framework for evaluating and deciding whether to approve proposals for scientific activity inside designated wilderness.
View now Webinar recording and presentation materials from October 1, 2014

The Unique Legal, Scientific, and Ethical Challenges of Restoration in Wilderness (2014)

This webinar presented a preliminary framework to help makde defensible decisions regarding restoration in wilderness.

Managing Fish and Wildlife in Wilderness Case Studies (2014)

This webinar includes case studies presented by Dan Tyers, Forest Service Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center; Sara Aicher, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge; and Barbara Miranda Bruno, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. See the Fish and Wildlife Resources Toolbox for presentations and handouts.

Minimum Requirements Analysis Live (2014)

Minimum Requirement Analysis Live is an interactive, online training, typically taught yearly in the winter, that offers a free, scheduled opportunity to explore the Minimum Requirements Analysis (MRA) process. The following webinars were one component of the 2014 course, offered both in February and August.

Winter MRA Live

View now Session 1: Minimum Requirements Analysis and the Wilderness Act
View now Session 2: The Minimum Requirements Analysis Process
Session 3: Common Minimum Requirements Analysis Errors and Solutions (recording not available; reference recording from previous offerings below)
View now Session 4A: BLM Policy
View now Session 4B: FWS Policy
View now Session 4C: FS Policy
View now Session 4D: NPS Policy

Summer MRA Live

Wilderness in the Courts (2013)

The Wilderness in the Courts Webinar Series consisted of case law presentations and discussion led by Peter Appel, the Alex W. Smith Professor of Law at the University of Georgia Law School. Professor Appel teaches in the areas of property, natural resources, and environmental law.
Session 1: Commercial Services, November 15, 2012 at 12:30-2 PM Eastern time (recording unavailable but the PowerPoint and other materials can be found in the Commercial Services Toolbox)
View now Session 2: Cultural Resources, February 20, 2013 at 12:30-2 PM Eastern time (Accompanying materials can be found in the Cultural Resources Toolbox)
View now Session 3: Inholding Access, May 15, 2013 at 12:30-2 PM Eastern time (Accompanying materials can be found in the Inholding Access Toolbox)
View now Session 4: Wildlife Management, August 28, 2013 at 12:30-2 PM Eastern time (Accompanying materials can be found in the Fish and Wildlife Resources Toolbox)

The 5th Quality of Wilderness Character (2013)

The 5th Quality of Wilderness Character webinar series consisted of two webinars. Session 1 briefly discussed what the 5th quality, Other Features of Value, is and how it relates to the other four qualities of wilderness character. This webinar then explored what fits within this quality i.e. ecological, geological or other features of scientific, educational, or scenic value that are unique to a particular wilderness area. Session 2 focused on cultural resources as a component of the 5th quality, Other Features of Value. This webinar discussed how to determine when and what cultural resources should be included within this 5th quality and what may enhance or degrade this component.
View now Session 1: January 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM-noon Mountain Time
View now Session 2: March 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM-noon Mountain Time
Additional materials including Q&A's and copies of PowerPoint presentations can be found in the Wilderness Character Toolbox. Please note: Some slides in Chris Barns' presentations in both sessions do not appear correctly in the recording. To get the most out of the presentation, please download the PowerPoint files associated with the webinars and advance through the slides as you listen to the recording. You should be able to match the slides to the audio recording.

Minimum Requirements Analysis Live (2013)

Minimum Requirement Analysis Live is an interactive, online training, typically taught yearly in the winter, that offers a free, scheduled opportunity to explore the Minimum Requirements Analysis (MRA) process. The following webinars were one component of the 2013 course.
View now Session 1: Minimum Requirements Analysis and the Wilderness Act
View now Session 2: The Minimum Requirements Analysis Process
View now Session 3: Common Minimum Requirements Analysis Errors and Solutions (due to technical difficulties the first ~5-10 minutes are missing)
View now Session 4: Sample Minimum Requirements Analysis Review (this session was for for-credit participants who completed the Sample MRA exercise)

Wilderness Character and its Application to Wilderness Stewardship (2012)

View now Session 1: The Foundation and Qualities of Wilderness Character
View now Session 2: Making Decisions: Evaluating Impacts and Tradeoffs to Wilderness Character (Please note: Some slides in Peter Landres' presentation in do not appear correctly in the recording. To get the most out of the presentation, please download the PowerPoint file associated with the webinar and advance through the slides as you listen to the recording. You should be able to match the slides to the audio recording.)
View now Session 3: Integrating Wilderness Character with Land Management Planning Efforts
View now Session 4: Wilderness Character Monitoring
Additional materials including Q&A's and copies of PowerPoint presentations can be found in the Wilderness Character Toolbox.



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