"Finding Common Ground" by Ronald D. Brunner

Finding Common Ground Governance and Natural Resources in the American West Ronald D. Brunner, Christine H. Colburn, Christina M. Cromley, Roberta A. Klein, Elizabeth A. Olson

Publication date:
01 Oct 2002
256 pages: 234 x 156 x 27mm
Illustrations, map

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Over the past century, solutions to natural resources policy issues have become increasingly complex. Multiple government agencies with overlapping jurisdictions and differing mandates as well as multiple interest groups have contributed to gridlock, frequently preventing solutions in the common interest. Community-based responses to natural resource problems in the American West have demonstrated the potential of local initiatives both for finding common ground on divisive issues and for advancing the common interest. The first chapter of this study diagnoses contemporary problems of governance in natural resources policy and in the United States generally, then introduces community-based initiatives as responses to those problems. The next chapters examine the range of successes and failures of initiatives in water management in the Upper Clark Fork River in Montana; wolf recovery in the northern Rockies; bison management in greater Yellowstone; and forest policy in northern California. The concluding chapter considers how to harvest experience from these and other cases, offering practical suggestions for diverse participants in community-based initiatives and their supporters, agencies and interest groups, and researchers and educators.

Ronald D. Brunner is professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Christine H. Colburn is an analyst for the United States General Accounting Office in Denver. Christina M. Cromley is director of forest policy for American Forests in Washington, D.C. Roberta A. Klein is the managing director for the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder. Elizabeth A. Olson is a doctoral candidate in the department of geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

“Brunner seeks to understand the rich web of contact between people and bears. He shows us the great diversity of ways people have viewed bears, exploited bears, and affected the evolution of bears.”—John Marzluff, author of In the Company of Crows and Ravens
“No other book on bears achieves the broad historical perspective of this one.”—Mark Boyce, University of Alberta