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

View: 5721

"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.

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

View: 586

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.

Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy

Author: Sally K. Fairfax,Edmund Russell

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483359328

Category: Political Science

Page: 536

View: 4316

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.

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

View: 4933

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.

The Governance of Western Public Lands

Mapping Its Present and Future

Author: Martin A. Nie

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nature

Page: 368

View: 8865

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.

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

View: 4340

"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. "--

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

View: 3625

Debates concerning the federal role in regulating industry and in managing the nation's public lands are becoming increasingly contentious.

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

View: 4679

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.

The Mining Law

A Study in Perpetual Motion

Author: John D. Leshy

Publisher: Resources for the Future

ISBN: 9780915707263

Category: Law

Page: 521

View: 7616

In this highly entertaining as well as profoundly scholarly study of the 1872 Mining Law, John Leshy has produced both a legal treatise and a history of the West written from the vantage point of mineral exploration and production. The Mining Law illuminates some of the more obscure corners of Western history, federal land and resource policy, and the relationships among various branches of government in making and carrying out policy. For more than a century the mining of hard-rock minerals in the United States has been carried out under this law, which was written to promote mineral development in the age of the pick-and-shovel prospector. It is the last important survivor of the great laws undergirding the westward expansion. The Mining Law has never been changed to reflect modern mining technologies or newer social values that question whether mineral extraction is the best use of the land and its resources. From its enactment, the Mining Law's inadequacies have given rise to illegal abuse, litigation, and patchwork regulation by federal agencies and judge-made law. Leshy explains how the law has survived by a combination of executive and judicial manipulation in the face of legislative paralysis. Today, as concern mounts about economic efficiency, government regulation, environmental protection, the rebuilding of the nation's industrial base, and competing uses of the land and its resources, the argument for reform of the law becomes compelling. The present law not only obstructs the very mineral development it was designed to promote; it may no longer be in the national interest. Certainly any future attempts to rewrite or amend the Law will start off with Leshy's exposition and analysis of its origins, operation, and implementation, and his detailed examination of the issues surrounding the law, its interpretation by courts and administrative agencies, and the attempts to adapt the law to changing conditions and social goals. Assessing the prospect for reform in today's political climate, he suggests arrangements regarding the law's reform that might be concluded by industry, small operators, and environmental protection advocates as well as creative measures that might be taken by Congress, the president, and the courts.

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

View: 4880

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.

Staking Out the Terrain

Power Differentials Among Natural Resource Management Agencies

Author: Jeanne Nienaber Clarke,Daniel McCool

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887060205

Category: Political Science

Page: 189

View: 3665

An original approach to the study of bureaucratic behavior that formulates a model of agency power supported by analysis of seven federal natural resource agencies.

Pluralism by Design

Environmental Policy and the American Regulatory State

Author: George Hoberg

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275941260

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 7276

The rise of social regulation and the advent of public interest movements during the 1960s and 1970s led to a significant change in policy outcomes as the influence of governmental actors and political activists increased at the expense of business. Recently, this policy system has come under harsh attack as a result of changing economic conditions, extensive lobbying by business, and the election of presidents openly hostile to the American regulatory state. By focusing on two specific areas, pesticide regulation and air pollution control, this study describes and explains policy changes by examining recent controversies in the context of empirical political theory.

Visions Upon the Land

Man and Nature on the Western Range

Author: Karl Hess

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781559631839

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 278

View: 1115

A leader of the controversial "wise-up" movement looks at environmental policies regarding Western rangelands from a laissez-faire point of view, arguing for less government control so that environmental plans can be left up to individuals and communities.

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

View: 7468

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 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: 9780199722617

Category: Science

Page: 640

View: 4017

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.

A Companion to Ronald Reagan

Author: Andrew L. Johns

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118607929

Category: History

Page: 696

View: 6557

A Companion to Ronald Reagan evaluates in unprecedenteddetail the events, policies, politics, and people of Reagan’sadministration. It assesses the scope and influence of his variouscareers within the context of the times, providing wide-rangingcoverage of his administration, and his legacy. Assesses Reagan and his impact on the development of the UnitedStates based on new documentary evidence and engagementwith the most recent secondary literature Offers a mix of historiographic chapters devoted to foreign anddomestic policy, with topics integrated thematically andchronologically Includes a section on key figures associated politically andpersonally with Reagan