Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1995

Abstract

Local landowners and environmental groups have historically disputed with the USDA National Forest Service in Texas over wilderness management issues such as wild and prescribed fire and management of the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonusfrontalis). To help diffuse polarization and open lines of communication between agency personnel and the general public, the theory of transactive planning was applied with the LAC process on two wilderness areas. Data collection consisted of: 1) participant observation; 2) issue-evaluation surveys; 3) process-evaluation surveys; and 4) exit interviews. Results indicate the planning process aids in dispute resolution by reducing antagonistic relationships and fostering public consensus in land use planning.

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