The Seminar stimulates deliberations and interactive problem-solving for issues related to protected area and natural resource management. Program activities take advantage of the rich experiences and multiple cultural perspectives of the participants, as well as the unique heritage and resources available in the Northern Rocky Mountain region.
To experience the opportunities available in the region, Seminar participants will travel to several types of protected areas. Participants will interact with respected experts in the management of national parks, wildlife refuges, privately held land conservancies, and multiple use forest and grassland reserves.
Designed for mid-career planners and managers of nationally significant protected areas world-wide, this integrated state-of-the-art seminar examines strategies to conserve the world’s most special places. The program, sponsored by the US Forest Service International Programs and the University of Montana, will evaluate policies and institutional arrangements that sustain both people and natural resources.
Integrated Planning For Protected Areas
Participants will examine the strengths and weaknesses of several types of planning models to recognize the potential for resource protection as well as an equitable and sustainable distribution of benefits.
Participants will explore methods for engaging resident populations in protected area management that address the application of local knowledge, the analysis of stakeholder interests, and the assessment of local land use practices on resource sustainability.
Tourism, Concessions & Visitor Management
Participants will analyze several forms of concession arrangements; they will discuss tourism strategies and the consequences of increased visitation on both the environment and visitor experience; and they will explore the administrative and operational implications of private/public partnerships in protected area management.
Protected Area Management in an Era of Complexity and Change
Participants will engage with protected area managers in Montana to discuss and learn about emerging issues as they relate to rapid environmental, social, and economic changes and how to address change in an increasingly complex world.
The Seminar is a technical and professional course, placing a high demand on the attention and contributions of participants.
The course is offered in English, so English speaking proficiency is a requirement for course attendance. Each participant will offer a brief presentation on management issues in their home country, allowing others to recognize the common challenges facing managers worldwide.
Selection of participants will be based only on professional and technical competency, without regard to gender, race, creed, or nationality. During the course of the program, all participants will be considered students of the University of Montana. Enrollment in the Seminar is limited, so early application is highly encouraged. Individuals must apply by April 1, 2019.
Funding for participation is not available from the Seminar organizers.