Water and Watersheds- Unifying Principle for a New Planning Rule?

Guest post by Jim Furnish, former Deputy Chief for National Forest Systems, USDA Forest Service Why Is Water So Important? The connection between forests and water has long been recognized, and was at the core of why national forests were created. The Organic Act of 1897 speaks to “favorable conditions of water flow” (which we …

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Trigger Itch

As Sharon writes, I have raised the possibility of using “triggers and thresholds” in some sort of adaptive management framework:  Here is the statement I made at last week’s science forum:  One possible approach to this problem [how to practice adaptive management in the modern regulatory state] is to consider using some type of pre-negotiated …

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When We Just Don’t Know

I have often wondered why Forest Service scientists and managers talk about risk and uncertainty, yet don’t wander into the territory of “novelty, surprise, and ignorance.” My studies in decision-making and economics inform me that risk and uncertainty are the domains of games where probability distributions are well-known. Another realm, the realm of novelty, surprise, …

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