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U.S. land and natural resources policy : a public issues handbook /
Gary C. Bryner.
imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
description
xvi, 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
031329688X (alk. paper)
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imprint
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.
isbn
031329688X (alk. paper)
catalogue key
1866893
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gary C. Bryner is Director of the Public Policy Program and Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1998-09-01:
Besides explaining the major issues regarding public lands under the control of the national government, Bryner (Brigham Young Univ.) describes current laws and policies and informally evaluates the abilities of policy alternatives to preserve ecosystems in the American West. Refreshingly, he explicitly states his own conclusions regarding the impact of alternatives. Bryner writes accurately and with sensitivity, insight, and fairness (except for an inattentive section on nuclear power and radioactive waste management). The final chapter is an eloquent plea for sustainable policies and practices. Despite these strengths, there are problems. Bryner seems torn between the norms of a traditional descriptive textbook and his desire to defend a thesis: that using public lands as an economic resource is not a sensible basis for public policy in the West. Despite the subtitle, his chatty book has no succinct statement of issues, players, and positions. Finding particular information is difficult because chapters meander among descriptions of actual policies, evaluation of outcomes, and presentation of issue positions. Editing should have eliminated repetitive material. Despite limitations, a valuable source for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. R. E. O'Connor Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus
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'œAnyone concerned with the future, especially policy makers and environmental studies students, will find this book a valuable resource and reference.'' American Reference Books Annual
'œ...a valuable source for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.'' Choice
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Summaries
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Providing an overview of the policy debates surrounding US public lands and natural resources, Bryner traces the origin and evolution of policy and assesses policy options in light of ecological principles.
Long Description
A comprehensive overview of the policy debates surrounding U.S. public lands and the natural resources they contain. Bryner traces the origin and evolution of policy, and the current debate in Congress and within the Clinton administration over public lands and natural resources. He also assesses policy options in light of ecological principles and examines the importance of public lands and natural resources in the nation's environmental quality and in the quality of life the environment will provide for future generations. This book will be a useful reference for policymakers, environmental studies students, and anyone concerned with the future of our public lands and natural resources.
Table of Contents
Tablesp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The Debate Over Public Lands and Natural Resource Policyp. 1
The Evolution of Public Lands Policyp. 27
Public Lands and Natural Resource Policyp. 63
Biodiversity and the Preservation of Endangered Speciesp. 95
National Forests and Timber Policyp. 121
Grazing and Public Landsp. 153
Mining and Energyp. 175
Water Resourcesp. 207
National Parks and Wildernessp. 241
Thinking about Public Lands and Natural Resourcesp. 271
Indexp. 287
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