The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands
315 pages, 6 x 9
2 photos. 3 maps. 8 charts. 9 tables. Notes. Index.
Release Date:01 Sep 2020

The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands

Oregon State University Press
The management of public lands in the West is a matter of long-standing and oft-contentious debates. The government must balance the interests of a variety of stakeholders, including extractive industries like oil and timber; farmers, ranchers, and fishers; Native Americans; tourists; and environmentalists. Local, state, and government policies and approaches change according to the vagaries of scientific knowledge, the American and global economies, and political administrations. Occasionally, debates over public land usage erupt into major incidents, as with the armed occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.

While a number of scholars work on the politics and policy of public land management, there has been no central book on the topic since the publication of Charles Davis's Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics (Westview, 2001). In The Environmental Politics and Policy of Western Public Lands, Erika Allen Wolters and Brent Steel have assembled a stellar cast of scholars to consider long-standing issues and topics such as endangered species, land use, and water management while addressing more recent challenges to western public lands like renewable energy siting, fracking, Native American sovereignty, and land use rebellions. Chapters also address the impact of climate change on policy dimensions and scope.
Erika Allen Wolters is director of the OSU Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL) at Oregon State University; Brent S. Steel is director of the Public Policy Graduate Program at Oregon State University.

Other Contributors:
  • Kathleen Dean Moore, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University
  • P. Casey Giordano, Oregon State University
  • Hilary C Young, Senior Alberta Program Manager, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
  • Mark Brunson, Professor, Utah State University
  • Doug Kenney, Director, Western Water Policy Program, University of Colorado
  • Edited by, Erika Allen Wolters, ,
  • Eric Toman, Associate Professor, Ohio State University
  • Tom Koontz, Professor of Environmental Policy, UW-Tacoma
  • Dr. Donna L. Lybecker, , Idaho State University
  • Rebecca L Warner
  • John Ruple, Professor of Law (Research), University of Utah
  • Shane Day
  • Lauren Anderson
  • Anna Karmazina, Renewable Energy Development in the American West, Oregon State University
  • Christean Jenkins
  • Maya J Hilty
  • Christopher A Simon, Professor, University of Utah
  • Kim G Trotter, US Program Director, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
  • Aerin L Jacob
  • Robert B Keiter
  • Jodi A Hilty, President and Chief Scientist, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Preface - Brent S. Steel

Foreword - Kathleen Dean Moore

Part One: The Changing West

Chapter 1: Old West, New West, Next West? - Donna L. Lybecker

Part Two: Public Lands Management in the West

Chapter 2: Western Public Land and the Evolving Management Landscape - John Ruple

Chapter 3: Rangeland policy and management in a changing West: Political marginalization and a crisis of trust - Mark Brunson

Part Three: National Forest and Wildland Fire Policy

Chapter 4: Professionalism vs. Politics: The century-long battle over national forest policy - Tom Koontz

Chapter 5: Wildland Fire Policy and Climate Change: Evolution of Fire Policy and Current Needs - Eric Toman

Part Four: Federal Land Ownership in the West

Chapter 6: Wild Places and Irreplaceable Resources: Protecting Wilderness and National Monuments - John Ruple

Chapter 7: National Parks: Preserving America's Natural and Cultural Heritage - Robert B. Keiter

Part Five: Water in the West

Chapter 8: The Changing Fate of Western Rivers: The Case of the Colorado - Doug Kenney

Part Six: Wildlife

Chapter 9: Introduction to Wildlife Management on Public Lands - Lauren Anderson

Chapter 10: Endangered Species, Wildlife Corridors, and Climate Change in the US West - Jodi A. Hilty, Aerin L. Jacobs, Kim G. Trotter, Maya J. Hilty, Hilary C. Young

Part Seven: Energy Development in the West

Chapter 11: Renewable Energy Development in the American West - Anna Karmazina

Chapter 12: Regulating Oil and Gas on Federal Lands under Presidents Bush II, Obama and Trump - Charles Davis

Chapter 13: Mining on Federal Land: Policy and Costs of Doing Business - P. Casey Giordono

Part Eight: Land Ownership, Sovereign Rights, and Conflict in the West

Chapter 14: Implications of Tribal Sovereignty, Federal Trust Responsibility, and Congressional Plenary Authority for Native American Lands Management - Shane Day

Chapter 15: Western Rebellion: Who Owns the West? - Christopher P. Simon, Erika Allen Wolters, Brent S. Steel

Conclusion - Brent S. Steel, Erika Allen Wolters and Rebecca L.Warner
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