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Peter B. Landres

790 East Beckwith Avenue
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Phone: 406-542-4189
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Current Research

My work currently focuses on three main topics. First, I'm leading efforts to integrate the concept of wilderness character into wilderness stewardship natinowide. I'm doing this by co-chairing a national team of National Park Service staff to integrate wilderness character throughout park planning, management processes, and monitoring. I'm also chairing a Fish and Wildlife Service team chartered to develop nation-wide monitoring of wilderness character in FWS wildernesses. Second, I'm leading the effort to develop methods to spatially model wilderness character. These models will provide management staff clear and explicit outcomes of alternative planning scenarios on wilderness character, and provide a baseline for assessisng change in wilderness character over time. Third, I'm developing several decision-making frameworks, including one for evaluating proposals for scientific activities inside wilderness, and another for whether restoration actions should be taken in wilderness to mitigate, for example, the effects of climate change.

Research Interests

My research is broadly aimed at developing the knowledge needed to protect and sustain ecological conditions in wilderness, and to develop the strategies and tools for improving the ecological-based management of wilderness nationwide. Wilderness management decisions are based on scientific information as well as on agency policies and social values, and my research reaches into all of these topics.

Past Research

Congress established wilderness areas for ecological and societal purposes, and my work on wilderness character is the first direct assessment of the outcomes of wilderness stewardship on these purposes. My work on decision-making frameworks provides the first clear and explicit means for taking into account the mixture of scientific information, law and policy, and personal and public values in making difficult wilderness stewardship decisions.

Why This Research is Important

I have done a wide variety of research in the past, all directed at improving wilderness stewardship in general and the ecological management of wilderness in particular. This past work includes:-- Clarifying the basis for federal actions affecting the management of wildlife in wilderness--The first book on the effects of administrative boundaries on management planning across landscapes--The impact of fire and fire management activities on the influx of nonnative invasive plants in wilderness--The first book on monitoring stream ecosystems in wilderness using wilderness-appropriate methods-- Describing wilderness character in tangible and practical terms that directly link on-the-ground management to the statutory language of the Wilderness Act and management policies


  • Lewis and Clark College, Natural Science , 1972
  • Utah State University, Ecology and Biology , 1981

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Research Highlights


Study Shows the Overall Condition of Wilderness Character

A new interagency strategy to monitor wilderness character helps managers assess whether wilderness stewardship actions fulfill the mandate to & ...


Wilderness Fellows Program Engages Youth in Federal Land Management

Program helps agencies develop a baseline assessment of wilderness character and integrate that character in wilderness planning, management, an ...


Last updated on : 05/08/2015