March 16, 2010
Benson on Adaptive Management Approaches by Resource Management Agencies
Melinda Harm Benson (New Mexico) has posted Adaptive Management Approaches by Resource Management Agencies in the United States: Implications for Energy Development in the Interior West, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 87-118, 2010. The abstract:
Adaptive management is gaining influence among natural resource management decision-makers. In the United States, the Department of the Interior is now encouraging its agencies to utilise adaptive management when ‘appropriate.’ This is a positive step in natural resource management, reflecting a growing recognition of the need to integrate scientific uncertainty more effectively into agency planning and resource development. This new management scheme has potentially significant implications for energy development and its corresponding impacts on water and other resources. The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is the primary agency responsible for managing 700 million subsurface acres of mineral estate. This article examines how the BLM might employ adaptive management in the context of oil and gas development to better protect resources in areas such as Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, where extraction of coal-bed methane has created significant controversy.
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