Keeping Faith with Nature

Keeping Faith with Nature

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As the twenty-first century dawns, public land policy is entering a new era. This timely book examines the historical, scientific, political, legal, and institutional developments that are changing management priorities and policiesa€”developments that compel us to view the public lands as an integrated ecological entity and a key biodiversity stronghold. Once the background is set, each chapter opens with a specific natural resource controversy, ranging from the Pacific Northwesta€™s spotted owl imbroglio to the struggle over southern Utaha€™s Colorado Plateau country. Robert Keiter uses these case histories to analyze the ideas, forces, and institutions that are both fomenting and retarding change. Although Congress has the final say in how the public domain is managed, the public land agencies, federal courts, and western communities are each playing important roles in the transformation to an ecological management regime. At the same time, a newly emergent and homegrown collaborative process movement has given the public land constituencies a greater role in administering these lands. Arguing that we must integrate the new imperatives of ecosystem science with our devolutionary political tendencies, Keiter outlines a coherent new approach to natural resources policy.On the Grand Staircase monument and the National Landscape Conservation System, see Proclamation No. ... On the Park Servicea#39;s ecosystem management initiatives, see National Park Service, Management Policies 2001 12, 18-20, 28 ( 2001); see also id. ... U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecosystem Approach to Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Service Manual Part 052, 1.12E, 1.4, 1.

Title:Keeping Faith with Nature
Author:Robert B. Keiter
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2008-10-01


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