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Yellowstone's Destabilized EcosystemElk Effects, Science, and Policy Conflict$
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Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148213.001.0001

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The Science–Policy Interface

The Science–Policy Interface

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(p.317) 17 The Science–Policy Interface
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Yellowstone's Destabilized Ecosystem
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Frederic H. Wagner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148213.003.0017

Public resources are managed to satisfy societal values, and policies are set to prescribe management programs that satisfy those values. Science does not set policies but provides a factual environment in which policies can be set. The natural-regulation policy was set internally within NPS, a procedure that tends to promote ownership of the policy and resistance to critical scientific evidence. Scientific objectivity is more likely to be promoted with policies set externally by representatives of all interest groups as in the U.S.D.A. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Effective administration of national parks requires explicit goals for the purposes of the areas, and freedom to employ whatever management is needed to achieve the goals.

Keywords:   policy, explicit goals, policy-setting mechanisms, scientific objectivity, management

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