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Keeping Faith with NatureEcosystems, Democracy, and America's Public Lands$
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Robert Keiter

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092738

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092738.001.0001

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Keeping Faith with Nature

Keeping Faith with Nature

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Keeping Faith with Nature

Robert B. Keiter

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the relationship between science and human values in public land policy. It discusses the science–values conflict that has its origins in the early twentieth-century progressive conservation movement, which introduced the idea of scientific management and professional resource management agencies. One tangible dimension of the science–values conflict is the tension that persists between ecology and economics in establishing public land policy. Another is the persistent question of the technical expert's role in defining resource priorities. The chapter also discusses ecological restoration, which is emerging as an important new policy objective on the public lands, rekindling the debate over whether and how to intervene on nature's behalf. It finds that the issue is being framed in terms of active versus passive management strategies.

Keywords:   human values, conservation movement, resource management, public land, ecological restoration

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