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Place-Based National Forest Legislation and Agreements: Common Characteristics and Policy Recommendations

March 2011

Citation: 41 ELR 10229

Issue: 3

Author: Martin Nie

Throughout the country, divergent interests are collaborating about how they would like particular national forests to be managed. Some of these initiatives are seeking place-based legislation as a way to secure such agreements, while others use an assortment of different approaches and memoranda of understanding. What is most remarkable about these initiatives is the similarities they share, from a widespread frustration with the status quo to the search for more certainty in forest management.

Martin Nie is Professor of Natural Resources Policy in the College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana.

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