Reforming Federal Land Management: Cutting the Gordian Knot

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - Political Science - 173 pages
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For over a century, American have created laws, processes, objectives, priorities, and rules for federal land management that often conflict, contradict, and undermine each other. We now find ourselves with inconsistent laws, unclear priorities, procedural mazes, and an antiquated bureaucratic structure. Processes and procedures often impede rather than aid management actions and prevent good stewardship. The overall result is a loss of public benefits and undesirable impact on natural resources. Allan Fitzsimmons presents a clear argument for major changes and offers new ideas for how those changes can be accomplished. Students and professionals interested in public policy, resource management, and environmental studies will find this book to be particularly interesting.
 

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Contents

The Nature and Scope of the Problem
1
Chapter 1 Federal Lands in the First Decade of the Twentyfirst Century
29
Change through Time
57
Sources of Management Direction
85
Chapter 4 Toward Cutting the Gordian Knot
113
Conclusion
151
Appendix Federal Acreage in Thousands by State Agency and Region 2008
153
Selected Bibliography
155
Index
167
About the Author
173
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Allan K. Fitzsimmons spent four decades in government and academia working on resource and public land issues. In 2007, he retired from the Department of the Interior where he was a Special Assistant in the immediate office of the Secretary. He has also worked for the National Park Service and the Department of Energy in various capacities. Among his academic positions, he chaired the Environmental Studies program at George Washington University. He is the author of Defending Illusions: Federal Protection of Ecosystems.

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