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Barriers to Coordinating Federal and State Resource Assessments in California

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A growing number of California's forest resource management problems have inseparable public and private components. Future sources of timber, cost-effective recreation supply, and cumulative impacts of public and private timber harvesting are three prime examples. Ideally, coordinating federal and state planning would be aimed at solving such problems. In practice, current efforts of the USDA Forest Service under the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act, as amended by the National Forest Management Act, and California's activities under its Forest Resources Assessment and Policy Act are falling far short. Coordinating federal and state resource planning will first require coordinating federal and state resource assessments. Currently, resource assessment is undertaken independently by each agency. Although coordinated assessment is an important first step, significant barriers stand in the way, including data gaps, institutional limitations, political obstacles, budget restrictions, and assessment timing.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Policy Analyst, Center for Natural Resource Studies, Berkeley, California 94710

Publication date: 1983-08-01

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