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Assumptions about Ecological Scale and Nature Knowing Best Hiding in Environmental Decisions

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dc.contributor.author Hull, Bruce en_US
dc.contributor.author Robertson, David P. en_US
dc.contributor.author Richert, David en_US
dc.contributor.author Seekamp, Erin en_US
dc.contributor.author Buhyoff, Gregory J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:50:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:50:31Z
dc.date.issued 2002 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-23 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-23 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2484
dc.description.abstract "Assumptions about nature are embedded in peopleâ  s preferences for environmental policy and management. The people we interviewed justified preservationist policies using four assumptions about nature knowing best: nature is balanced, evolution is progressive, technology is suspect, and the Creation is perfect. They justified interventionist policies using three assumptions about nature: it is dynamic, inefficient, and robust. Unstated assumptions about temporal, spatial, and organizational scales further confuse discussions about nature. These findings confirm and extend findings from previous research. Data for our study were derived from interviews with people actively involved in negotiating the fate of forest ecosystems in southwest Virginia: landowners, forest advisors, scientists, state and federal foresters, loggers, and leaders in non-governmental environmental organizations. We argue that differing assumptions about nature constrain people's vision of what environmental conditions can and should exist, thereby constraining the future that can be negotiated. We recommend promoting ecological literacy and a biocultural approach to ecological science." en_US
dc.subject communication en_US
dc.subject conflict en_US
dc.subject ecology en_US
dc.subject environmental change en_US
dc.subject forests en_US
dc.subject natural resources en_US
dc.subject public opinion en_US
dc.subject social change en_US
dc.title Assumptions about Ecological Scale and Nature Knowing Best Hiding in Environmental Decisions en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Theory en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 6 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 2 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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