Reforming Federal Land Management: Cutting the Gordian Knot

Reforming Federal Land Management: Cutting the Gordian Knot

by Allan K. Fitzsimmons

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For over a century, American have created laws, processes, objectives, priorities, and rules for federal land management that often conflict, contradict, and undermine each other. We now find ourselves with inconsistent laws, unclear priorities, procedural mazes, and an antiquated bureaucratic structure. Processes and procedures often impede rather than aid management actions and prevent good stewardship. The overall result is a loss of public benefits and undesirable impact on natural resources. Allan Fitzsimmons presents a clear argument for major changes and offers new ideas for how those changes can be accomplished. Students and professionals interested in public policy, resource management, and environmental studies will find this book to be particularly interesting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442215955
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/21/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 188
File size: 802 KB

About the Author

Allan K. Fitzsimmons spent four decades in government and academia working on resource and public land issues. In 2007, he retired from the Department of the Interior where he was a Special Assistant in the immediate office of the Secretary. He has also worked for the National Park Service and the Department of Energy in various capacities. Among his academic positions, he chaired the Environmental Studies program at George Washington University. He is the author of Defending Illusions: Federal Protection of Ecosystems.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Introduction: The Nature and Scope of the Problem
Chapter 1: Federal Lands in the First Decade of the 21st Century
Chapter 2: Americans and the Land: Change Through Time
Chapter 3: Laws, Regulations, Policies, and Courts: Sources of Management Direction
Chapter 4: Toward Cutting the Gordian Knot
Appendix A: Federal Acreage by State, Agency, and Region – 2008
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What People are Saying About This

Olen Paul Matthews

This well written and well documented book is on point and captures the problems standing in the way of rational federal land management. The thought provoking solutions take a different slant than is typical of public land commentators and provide an excellent starting point for the debate over the future of federal land. I highly recommend the book for anyone concerned about our federal estate.

Gale Norton

Allan Fitzsimmons has a rare background of extensive practical experience with public lands management, coupled with a scholar’s interest in objectively analyzing what works and what does not. Reforming Federal Land Management illustrates the complex historical and philosophical attitudes influencing our land management approaches through a series of informative examples. Fitzsimmons’ recommendations for cutting through the “Gordian Knot” of the current system are thought-provoking and should stimulate a national debate.

Lynn Scarlett

How do we cut the "Gordian Knot" of conflicting laws and procedural mazes that characterize public land management? Allan Fitzsimmons asks this bold question and offers bold answers. He wants to make us think—and he succeeds in a remarkably informed and elegantly written treatise.

Mark Sagoff

To anyone concerned with federal lands—covering 28 percent of the United States—it is obvious that competing and overlapping laws, agencies, courts, and interest groups have made coherent management impossible. The great achievement of this book is to make the obvious inescapable and to propose politically practicable policies for reforming the administration of these lands.

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