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Science, Conservation, and National Parks$
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Steven R. Beissinger, David D. Ackerly, Holly Doremus, and Gary E. Machlis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226422954

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226423142.001.0001

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Science, Values, and Conflict in the National Parks

Science, Values, and Conflict in the National Parks

(p.247) Twelve Science, Values, and Conflict in the National Parks
Science, Conservation, and National Parks

Thomas Dietz

University of Chicago Press

The US National Parks were born in public conflicts and conflicts continue in the 21st century. Differing values and uncertainty about facts, values, and the mission of US National Parks make such conflicts almost inevitable. Global environmental change will exacerbate them. Environmental decision sciences offer insights and tools that can lead to better decisions even in the face of uncertainty and conflict. Uncertainty makes national park decisions a form of adaptive risk management (ARM). ARM can be improved by linking scientific analysis to public deliberation, engaging multiple forms of expertise, building evaluation into decisions, and making use of bridging organizations to span the diverse set of parties interested in or affected by decisions about parks. By helping design ARM processes, environmental decision sciences can make important science contributions for parks. In turn, national parks can contribute to environmental decision sciences by serving as a testbed for the study of conflict and decision making.

Keywords:   adaptive risk management, analytic deliberation, decision making, global environmental change, national parks, uncertainty, values

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