Contribution to Book
Ecosystem Management of Natural Resources in theIntermountain West
Utah State University
Frederic H. Wagner
No matter how elegant ecosystem management is scientifically, it will not reach its potential in western U.S., with its abundant public lands, unless it is effective public policy. Such policy is (1) an adaptive process, (2) utilizes the most appropriate science and technology, (3) is implementable, and (4) has low transaction cost. This paper focuses on the latter two characteristics which are shaped by social legitimacy, and proposes a procedure termed Collaborative Learning as a promising decision-making process for ecosystem management.
Daniels, S.E. and Walker, G.B. 1995. Searching for effective natural resource policy: The special challenges of ecosystem management. In Ecosystem Management of Natural Resources in the Intermountain West, F.H. Wagner, Ed. Natural Resources and Environmental Issues, Vol. 5. College of Natural Resources, Utah State University, Logan, UT.