'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
Stanford University - Center for Ocean Solutions
Margaret (Meg) R. Caldwell
May 15, 2013
Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2013
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 speciesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 17, 2013
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