Forest Futures is an exciting collection of original essays written by leading scientists, policy analysts, public lands managers, and advocates that addresses four related issues regarding the future of our nation's forests: ideas and practices of sustainable forestry; science and policymaking; threatened and endangered species protection on forested lands; and the future of public forest lands management. Offering a genuine debate and dialogue, Forest Futures discusses the present and future of our nation's forests in light of the current debate on forest management concepts, practices, and compromises established a decade ago.
- Brings together the observations and analyses of forest scientists, land managers, social scientists, and legal advocates to address common concerns regarding the state of our nation's forests
- Essays are uniquely and comprehensively integrated due to a distinctive 'dialogic' approach
- Includes a unique section on the relationship between science and policy – exploring the questions of scientific uncertainty and the use and abuse of science with the policy process.
Forest Futures is an important and timely work ideal for environmental science, environmental policy, and forestry college courses, as well as for policymakers, citizens, and activists interested in forest policy-related issues.
Introduction: Natural and Human History of Pacific Northwest Forests
Part I What is Sustainable Forestry?
1 Sustainability of the Northwest Forest Plan: Still to be Tested
2 Ecological Realities of the Northwest Forest Plan
3 Sustained Yield: Goals, Policies, Promises
4 Challenges to Sustainable Forestry: Management and Economics
5 Sustainability and Public Values
Part II Science and Policy Making
6 Science, Scientists, and the Policy Process: Lessons From Global Environmental Assessments for the Northwest Forest Plan
7 Roles of Scientists in Forestry Policy and Management: Views from the Pacific Northwest
8 Science, Law, and Policy in Managing Natural Resources: Toward a Sound Mix Rather Than a Sound Bite
9 Forests, Tornadoes, and Abortion: Thinking about Science, Politics, and Policy
Part III Considering Threatened and Endangered Species
10 Long-Term Population Monitoring of Northern Spotted Owls: Recent Results and Implications for the Northwest Forest Plan
11 Vicious Cycle: Programmatic Consultation on Northern Spotted Owls in the Pacific Northwest
12 Toward a Better Forest Future: Contracting for Critters
13 The Struggle over Species Survival
Part IV Forest Futures and Present Challenges: Beyond the Northwest Forest Plan
14 Principles and Politics of Sustainable Forestry in the Pacific Northwest: Charting a New Course
15 Fire on the Hill: Using Ecological Disturbance Theory to Understand the Ambiguous Prospects of the Northwest Forest Plan
16 The Northwest Forest Plan as a Learning Process: A Call for New Institutions Bridging Science and Politics
Conclusion: Forests Past and Forests Future — Connecting Science, Politics, and Policy
Karen B. Arabas is associate professor of geography at Willamette University where she teaches courses in biogeography, forest ecology and policy, and water resources. Dr Arabas worked as a researcher and policy analyst for World Resources Institute, ICF Incorporated, and the Centers for Values and Social Policy and Space and Geosciences Policy at the University of Colorado. She has authored and co-authored publications on forest disturbance, climate variability, and fire ecology.
Joe Bowersox is associate professor of politics at Willamette University. He teaches courses in forest ecology and policy, environmental policymaking, environmental ethics, and law and public policy, and he has worked in the US Senate as a forest policy analyst. He has published articles and chapters on environmental policy, and environmental theory, and is co-editor (with John Martin Gillroy) of The Moral Austerity of Environmental Decisionmaking.
- Steven H. Ackers
- Frank Alcock
- Karen Arabas
- Bruce Babbitt
- John H. Beuter
- Susan Jane Brown
- David W. Cash
- William C. Clark
- John A. Kitzhaber
- Peter List
- Ronald B. Mitchell
- David A. Perry
- Roger A. Pielke Jr
- Daniel J. Rohlf
- Roger A. Sedjo
- Margaret A. Shannon
- Richard L. Stroup
- Frederick J. Swanson
- Bob Pepperman Taylor
- Jack Ward Thomas
"This informative book is well written and includes excellent references. It is a valuable contribution to the natural resource management literature and will appeal particularly to resource policy makers, biologists, managers, and economists. Highly recommended. All levels."