Beyond Wilderness: Broadening the Applicability of Limits of Acceptable Change
Proceedings — Limits of Acceptable Change and related planning processes: progress and future directions.
USDA Forest Service
The Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) process helps managers preserve wilderness attributes along with recreation opportunities. Ecosystem management likewise requires managers to balance societal and ecosystem needs. Both are more likely to succeed through collaborative planning. Consequently, LAC can offer a conceptual framework for achieving sustainable solutions outside protected areas. Nonwilderness management has more complex objectives and constituencies, but the basic progression of issue identification, standard-setting, impact monitoring, and strategies for mitigating unacceptable impacts can be applied nonetheless. A major conceptual shift is required, however, in that the objective of ecosystem management often is not to restrict anthropogenic change but to direct it.
Brunson, M.W. 1998. Beyond wilderness: Broadening the applicability of limits of acceptable change. In: McCool, Stephen F.; Cole, David N., comps. Proceedings - limits of acceptable change and related planning processes: progress and future directions: from a workshop held at the University of Montana''s Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Gen. Tech. Rep. INT-GTR-371. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 44-48