Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics


Author: Charles E. Davis
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 214
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Beset by competing interests, efforts by federal agencies, Congress, and the courts to balance ecological and economic values in the development of federal land policies have produced a wide range of outcomes. This volume examines the interplay between political organizations, interest groups, economic conditions, and demographic shifts, offering an explanation of changes in policies during this period that affected the management of rangeland, timber, energy, mineral, and wilderness resources. It will be of interest to students and scholars of environmental politics and policy, natural resource management, public policy, and environmental history as well as to the general reader.

Environmental Politics and Policy in the West, Revised Edition


Author: Zachary A. Smith,John Freemuth
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 0870819992
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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Population growth and industrial development have put the wide-open spaces and natural resources that define the West under immense stress. Vested interests clash and come to terms over embattled resources such as water, minerals, and even open space. The federal government controls 40 to 80 percent of the land base in many western states; its sway over the futures of the West's communities and environment has prompted the development of unique policies and politics in the West. Zachary A. Smith and John Freemuth bring together a roster of top scholars to explicate the issues noted above as well as other key questions in this new edition of Environmental Politics and Policy in the West, which was first published in 1993. This thoroughly revised and updated edition offers a comprehensive and current survey. Contributors address the policy process as it affects western states, how bureaucracy and politics shape environmental dialogues in the West, how western states innovate environmental policies independently of Washington, and how and when science is involved (or ignored) in management of the West's federal lands. Experts in individual resource areas explore multifaceted issues such as the politics of dam removal and restoration, wildlife resource concerns, suburban sprawl and smart growth, the management of hard-rock mining, and the allocation of the West's tightly limited water resources. Contributors include: Leslie R. Alm, Carolyn D. Baber, Walter F. Baber, Robert V. Bartlett, Hugh Bartling, Matthew A. Cahn, R. McGreggor Cawley, Charles Davis, Sandra Davis, John C. Freemuth, Sheldon Kamieniecki, Matt Lindstrom, William R. Mangun, Denise McCain-Tharnstrom, Daniel McCool, Jaina L. Moan, and Zachary A. Smith.

Federal Land, Western Anger

The Sagebrush Rebellion and Environmental Politics
Author: McGreggor R. Cawley,R. McGreggor Cawley
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
ISBN: 9780700608041
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 208
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"Those who wish to learn more about the forces that drive current events in the public land area will find this book essential reading". -- Environmental History Review.

Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy


Author: Sally K. Fairfax,Edmund Russell
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483359328
Category: Political Science
Page: 536
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Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy provides the analytical connections showing readers how issues and actions are translated into public policies and persistent institutions for resolving or managing environmental conflict in the U.S. The guide highlights a complex decision-making cycle that requires the cooperation of government, business, and an informed citizenry to achieve a comprehensive approach to environmental protection. The book’s topical, operational, and relational essays address development of U.S. environmental policies, the federal agencies and public and private organizations that frame and administer environmental policies, and the challenges of balancing conservation and preservation against economic development, the ongoing debates related to turning environmental concerns into environmental management, and the role of the U.S. in international organizations that facilitate global environmental governance. Key Features: 30 essays by leading conservationists and scholars in the field investigate the fundamental political, social, and economic processes and forces driving policy decisions about the protection and future of the environment. Essential themes traced through the chapters include natural resource allocation and preservation, human health, rights of indigenous peoples, benefits of recycling, economic and other policy areas impacted by responses to green concerns, international cooperation, and immediate and long-term costs associated with environmental policy. The essays explore the impact made by key environmental policymakers, presidents, and politicians, as well as the topical issues that have influenced U.S. environmental public policy from the colonial period to the present day. A summary of regulatory agencies for environmental policy, a selected bibliography, and a thorough index are included. This must-have reference for political science and public policy students who seek to understand the forces that U.S. environmental policy is suitable for academic, public, high school, government, and professional libraries.

Environmental Politics and Policy in the West, Third Edition


Author: Zachary A. Smith,John Freemuth
Publisher: University Press of Colorado
ISBN: 1607324563
Category: Political Science
Page: 248
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"This new edition offers a comprehensive and current survey of major western policy and environmental issues. Contributors address the policy process as it affects the states in the region, and how bureaucracy and politics shape environmental dialogues in the West. "--

Who Controls Public Lands?

Mining, Forestry, and Grazing Policies, 1870-1990
Author: Christopher McGrory Klyza
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807862533
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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In this historical and comparative study, Christopher McGrory Klyza explores why land-management policies in mining, forestry, and grazing have followed different paths and explains why public-lands policy in general has remained virtually static over time. According to Klyza, understanding the different philosophies that gave rise to each policy regime is crucial to reforming public-lands policy in the future. Klyza begins by delineating how prevailing policy philosophies over the course of the last century have shaped each of the three land-use patterns he discusses. In mining, the model was economic liberalism, which mandated privatization of public lands; in forestry, it was technocratic utilitarianism, which called for government ownership and management of land; and in grazing, it was interest-group liberalism, in which private interests determined government policy. Each of these philosophies held sway in the years during which policy for that particular resource was formed, says Klyza, and continues to animate it even today.

Environmental Politics and Policy in the West


Author: Zachary Alden Smith,John Carter Freemuth
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 211
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Brings together noted scholars to address the federal government's policy process as it affects Western states, how bureaucracy and politics shape environmental dialogues in the West, how western states innovate environmental policies independently of Washington, and how and when science is involved in management of the West's federal lands. Original.

Public Lands and Political Meaning

Ranchers, the Government, and the Property Between Them
Author: Karen R. Merrill
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520228626
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 274
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Reconstructing the increasingly contested interpretations of the meaning of public land administration, this book traces the history of the political dynamics between ranchers and federal land agencies.

A Wolf in the Garden

The Land Rights Movement and the New Environmental Debate
Author: Philip D. Brick,R. McGreggor Cawley
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847681853
Category: Nature
Page: 323
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Debates concerning the federal role in regulating industry and in managing the nation's public lands are becoming increasingly contentious.

The Governance of Western Public Lands

Mapping Its Present and Future
Author: Martin A. Nie
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 368
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Examines the conflict surrounding public land management, revealing how problematic language in public land laws, scarcity of resources, and mistrust cloud the debates, and offering a range of solutions to help move beyond the dysfunctional status quo management.

Green Backlash

The History and Politics of the Environmental Opposition in the U.S.
Author: Jacqueline Vaughn Switzer
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers
ISBN: 9781555876357
Category: Political Science
Page: 323
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This work explores the historical, ideological, and social foundations of environmental opposition movements in the USA. Employing a theoretical framework, the book provides an investigation of the connections between corporate interests, private individuals and advocacy groups.

The American West at Risk

Science, Myths, and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery
Author: Howard G. Wilshire,Jane E. Nielson,Richard W. Hazlett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199881669
Category: Science
Page: 640
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The American West at Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States - America's legendary, even mythical, frontier. When discovered by European explorers and later settlers, the west boasted rich soils, bountiful fisheries, immense, dense forests, sparkling streams, untapped ore deposits, and oil bonanzas. It now faces depletion of many of these resources, and potentially serious threats to its few "renewable" resources. The importance of this story is that preserving lands has a central role for protecting air and water quality, and water supplies--and all support a healthy living environment. The idea that all life on earth is connected in a great chain of being, and that all life is connected to the physical earth in many obvious and subtle ways, is not some new-age fad, it is scientifically demonstrable. An understanding of earth processes, and the significance of their biological connections, is critical in shaping societal values so that national land use policies will conserve the earth and avoid the worst impacts of natural processes. These connections inevitably lead science into the murkier realms of political controversy and bureaucratic stasis. Most of the chapters in The American West at Risk focus on a human land use or activity that depletes resources and degrades environmental integrity of this resource-rich, but tender and slow-to-heal, western U.S. The activities include forest clearing for many purposes; farming and grazing; mining for aggregate, metals, and other materials; energy extraction and use; military training and weapons manufacturing and testing; road and utility transmission corridors; recreation; urbanization; and disposing of the wastes generated by everything that we do. We focus on how our land-degrading activities are connected to natural earth processes, which act to accelerate and spread the damages we inflict on the land. Visit www.theamericanwestatrisk.com to learn more about the book and its authors.

Senator Alan Bible and the Politics of the New West


Author: Gary Elliott
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874172409
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 273
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Alan Bible served Nevada for 20 years in the U.S. Senate, from 1954 to 1974. A protege of Pat McCarran's, Bible believed that "all politics is local" and that the needs of his constituents superseded all other political or economic considerations. He often considered himself to be an ambassador for the Silver State and had a profound impact on land-use policy. Bible used the cloakrooms of the Senate halls to his advantage, quietly manipulating legislation that brought millions of dollars to Nevada for every conceivable project that would bolster the economy.

Government and Environmental Politics

Essays on Historical Developments Since World War Two
Author: Michael J. Lacey
Publisher: Woodrow Wilson Center Press
ISBN: 9780943875156
Category: Political Science
Page: 325
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Editor of Religion and Twentieth-Century American Intellectual Life and The Truman Presidency, Lacey details the emergence of the new social values that gave rise to the environmental movement and examines the Federal government's response to the changing ideas and needs of the American people.

The Next West

Public Lands, Community, and Economy in the American West
Author: Gallatin Institute
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 9781559634601
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 272
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In The Next West, nearly a dozen leading thinkers and writers including Karl Hess Jr., Mark Sagoff, Ed Marston, Thomas Michael Power, and Stephen Bodio, offer an insightful vision of the future of the American West. Their essays comprise a cogent matrix of reflections on what has gone wrong in the region, and, as Donald Snow explains in his lively introduction, point the way not to a "New West" of cappuccino cowboys, fiber optics, and some ambient, simpering sense of "the public's willingness to embrace environmental issues", but to a Next West based on the renewal of Jeffersonian democracy, experiments in local and supra-local control of public lands, and the use of markets to replace the political allocation of natural resources.The first half of the book presents an enlightening view of what it is to live in the West and practice environmental awareness. From the Sangre de Cristo Range, to the forests of the Pacific Northwest, to a single valley in Wyoming, the contributors describe their experiences with environmental endeavors ranging from the birth of the recycling industry on the streets of Seattle to the leasing of federal coal. In the second half of the book, contributors address the mythologies that have set the tone for life in the West for more than a century, challenging "the demons that command center stage in the politics and economy of the region." They dissect and debunk much of the West's gospel: that environmentally damaging extractive industries are essential for economic survival; that conservation is best handled by the government; that some day soon a great leader will arrive to once and for all solve their most pressing problems.The Next West is a spirited and compelling work that presents a fresh and thought-provoking approach to Western issues. It is essential reading for anyone who lives in or cares about the vast and complex region known as the West.

A Companion to Post-1945 America


Author: Jean-Christophe Agnew,Roy Rosenzweig
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1405123192
Category: History
Page: 608
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A Companion to Post-1945 America is an original collectionof 34 essays by key scholars on the history and historiography ofPost-1945 America. Covers society and culture, people and movements, politics andforeign policy Surveys and evaluates the best scholarship on every importantera and topic Includes book review section on essential readings