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'Not Supported by Current Science': The National Forest Management Act and the Lessons of Environmental Monitoring for the Future of Public Resources Management


Ryan P. Kelly


University of Washington - School of Marine and Environmental Affairs; Stanford University - Center for Ocean Solutions

Margaret (Meg) R. Caldwell


Stanford University

May 15, 2013

Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2013

Abstract:     
Environmental monitoring presents a fundamental challenge. How should we measure a complex system with enough specificity to be accurate, but with enough generality to be useful? From this central challenge flow related difficulties; for example, tracking the environmental impacts of a particular development or management decision, or embedding methods of analysis in a regulatory framework. Thirty-plus years of science have yielded enormous insight into the structure and function of the ecosystems in which human activities take place, but higher-resolution views of the system’s complexity do not automatically point to the best means of measuring our effects on the state of the environment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 62

Keywords: NFMA, monitoring, indicator species

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Date posted: May 17, 2013  

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Kelly, Ryan P. and Caldwell, Margaret (Meg) R., 'Not Supported by Current Science': The National Forest Management Act and the Lessons of Environmental Monitoring for the Future of Public Resources Management (May 15, 2013). Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2265478

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Ryan P. Kelly (Contact Author)
University of Washington - School of Marine and Environmental Affairs ( email )
3707 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
United States
Stanford University - Center for Ocean Solutions ( email )
473 Via Ortega
Room 193
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
Margaret (Meg) R. Caldwell
Stanford University ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
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