Resources for Managers

Our highest priority is conducting the science needed by the agencies that manage the National Wilderness Stewardship System and the organizations that support wilderness in America. We are informed about the needs of the wilderness agency leaders and managers through interactions with them but also by the Wilderness Managers Survey (2014) and the goals and priorities described in 2020 Vision: Wilderness Stewardship Priorities of America’s National Wilderness Preservation System. We welcome more input on issues you want us to investigate. Please visit the link to Need Research? And fill out the form to help us stay current on important issues that the Leopold Institute should be addressing. 

And, just as important as conducting the research needed to protect and preserve wilderness, is getting our findings into the hands of managers. Not many agency leaders or wilderness managers and staff want to read peer reviewed publications. Here we provide summaries of our research and monitoring projects in Science Highlights. We also provide a printable brochure that we update annually that summarizes ongoing projects.

We have developed two presentations that wilderness managers, staff, and teachers can use. One presentation describes why science is important to managers and the second provides an overview of the challenges managers face when deciding to allow research to be conducted on wilderness areas. Included here are three short movies about various wilderness topics that address important issues that our scientists and partners are addressing – climate change, fire, and recreation and we have one general movie on the topic of why wilderness science is important.

Also we include here a paper written by wilderness stewardship leaders from all four agencies titled Wilderness Stewardship in America Today and What We can do to Improve It (published in the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Forestry) that highlights the most important challenges facing our federal wilderness lands and managers.