Judging adaptive management practices of U.S. agencies.

  title={Judging adaptive management practices of U.S. agencies.},
  author={Robert L. Fischman and Joanna Ruhl},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  volume={30 2},
All U.S. federal agencies administering environmental laws purport to practice adaptive management (AM), but little is known about how they actually implement this conservation tool. A gap between the theory and practice of AM is revealed in judicial decisions reviewing agency adaptive management plans. We analyzed all U.S. federal court opinions published through 1 January 2015 to identify the agency AM practices courts found most deficient. The shortcomings included lack of clear objectives… CONTINUE READING

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