Warning: Fuzzy Concept in Regulation- “Ecological Integrity”- III- Deja Vu From 2000

Thinking about the ecological integrity and NRV reminded me of my comments on the 2000 (yes!) planning rule. (Aren’t computer searches grand!) Caveat: at this time of my career, I had not worked in planning or NEPA. Also I was working at OSTP at the White House when the 2000 rule was clearing, and OMB …

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Warning: Fuzzy Concept in Regulation- “Ecological Integrity”- II

So what is this “ecosystem integrity” that we are now requiring in the 2012 Planning Rule? Just looking at it, we see the word “ecosystem” with a value word “integrity”. Could this be an expression of what Bob Lackey calls “normative science”? Sure enough, several papers have been written critiquing the concept. You can do …

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Warning: Fuzzy Concept in Regulation- “Ecological Integrity”- I

It’s interesting that in procrastinating on working on reviewing the Planning Directives, I found and posted MUSYA. Let me quote it again here: ‘‘Multiple use’’ means: The management of all the various renewable surface resources of the national forests so that they are utilized in the combination that will best meet the needs of the …

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How ‘Bout Those Planning Directives? Comments Due April 29

One thing that I’ve noticed since I retired is that when I got paid (even though I did most reading in the evenings and did not mark “Free Time” on my timesheet.. True Confessions!) to do certain things, I didn’t mind donating my time to write about them on a blog. I have to admit …

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When a Preservationist Joins a Collaborative Group

Without making any value judgements here, I find this collection of meeting summaries to be fascinating. Chad Hanson is a full member of the Dinkey Collaborative Group, working to create a better future for the Sierra National Forest. It will be very interesting to see how this process will evolve, with Hanson’s input solidly in …

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Collaboration and NEPA and the Power to Decide: Who Still Has the Reins?

I spent the last week or so in D.C. (see photo above), struggling with various “free” wi-fi’s that didn’t work. I had a carefully crafted post on collaboration and NEPA that I lost when, as I was typing away, the connection drifted away. Even while I was writing this post, WordPress logged me out. Anyway, …

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Science synthesis to help guide land management of nation’s forests

Key findings from the synthesis were: Efforts to promote resilience of socioecological systems increasingly consider the interaction of social values and ecological processes in pursuit of long-term mutual benefits and social learning for local communities and larger social networks. Research indicates that strategic placement of treatments to reduce hazardous fuel accumulations and to restore fire …

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Forest Service Planning Rule FACA Committee Meets in Albuquerque Feb 20-22

The Planning Rule FACA Committee meets next week in Albuquerque and is open to the public. You’ll remember that the need for a committee was discussed years ago during the development of the rule here. Here’s a link. It would be interesting if someone who is going to be there would post their impressions here. …

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