Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization

Anyone catch Lester Brown and Co.’s Plan B, on PBS last night ? Here, via Mother Earth News, is the heart of the message. Instead of “business as usual,” that is Plan A, Brown, (from the US Department of Agriculture, now at the Earth Policy Institute) and fellow-travelers advocate a radical restructuring of the world’s …

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The Art and Promise of Adaptive Governance

Adaptive Governance is art and science, blended with management and politics. It is art since political decision-making is an art. One face of adaptive governance is a dance wherein public land managers engage with particularly ecological and social scientists in learning from experience about transformations in ecosystems and institutions. The dance is broadened further, since …

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Missoulian Story on Planning Rule Public Meeting

Somehow I missed this one earlier. Here’s the introduction: It’s a little like changing the shape of the strike zone in baseball, or the allowable deductions on your income tax form. A proposed planning rule for all U.S. Forest Service activity is both deeply wonky and game-changing. The draft rule spreads fine print from page …

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Public Meetings on Planning Rule: What Did You Hear?

I didn’t see too much in the press about the meetings so far. There is this one from Oregon Public Broadcasting. Forest Service Updating Framework For Long-Term Planning Rob Manning | March 25, 2011 | Portland, OR Top federal forest officials visited Portland Friday. And a new constitution for the country’s national forests was on …

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From Forest Planning to Adaptive Governance

“If planning is everything, maybe it’s nothing.” Aaron Wildavsky [Author’s note: This is a lengthy (for a blog), partisan, historical view rant on the road from NFMA “forest planning” to “adaptive governance.”] Let’s face it, the “forest land and resource management plan” is an anachronism—an artifact of a bygone era. That era was in its …

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What is forest planning?

I’m trying to work up yet-another forest planning post tracing the evolution of Forest Service decision-making from the rational planning era to the adaptive governance era. So I decided to solicit opinion in advance. What do you think forest-level planning is? Here are some possibilities. Feel free to add more, and I’ll update this post. …

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Standards in Planning

The question of standards in forest planning has emerged as a central issue in the proposed NFMA regulations.  It seems that a common narrative by the press in covering the story thus far is the amount of discretion afforded in the proposed rule versus its lack of “musts and shalls.” Here is the definition of …

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Time for a Bold Statement?

It’s starting to look like “A New Century of Forest Planning” may ultimately come to refer to the hundred years or so it takes to get a new planning rule implemented. Will the “Hundred Years War” come to signify the length of the timber wars? Way back in the 1900’s, Chief Dale Robertson was convinced …

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Ecosystem Diversity Requirements: The Challenge of Maintaining Everything

The above chart is from the Convention on Biological Diversity website here. My question: do we really understand what requiring maintenance and restoration of ecosystem diversity means under 219.9 ? At least we have some idea of what vertebrate species are or aren’t (except for them crossing with each other, but at least that is …

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