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Reforming the Forest Soviet

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The Committee of Scientists has ignored the prime lesson of the 20th century: centralized planning does not work. The Forest Options Group, a consensus group of industry, environmental, and Forest Service leaders who have been meeting for two years, believes that the Forest Service needs true alternatives: governance systems that promote cooperation, not polarization; decentralized budgeting, not congressional micromanagement. The way to find out what works best is to test a variety of alternatives on various national forests, and to that end the author describes five pilot programs.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Economist, the Thoreau Institute, and Visiting Scholar, College of Natural Resources, ESPM-RIPM, University of California-Berkeley, CA 94720

Publication date: 1999-05-01

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