Huxley Speaker Series 11/9/17: Grace Wang: What Influences Public Land Managers?

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Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 - 8:44pm

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Location: AW-204

What Influences Public Land Managers? An Analysis of BLM Decision Makers. 
 
Grace Wang, PhD, Huxley College of the Environment 
 
This talk will outline the factors that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managers utilize in their decision-making.  Interviewing 25 managers at the state and district level, and transcribing over 30 hours of data, Grace Wang's and former BLM deputy director Geoff Middaugh developed a model that identified six factors: science, democratic authority, legal authoritypublic interest, special interest and adherence to process.  They were able to discern which of these factors was most influential, in the context of decision-making, and make recommendations to those interested in the policy process.  What this means for public land management in this contentious time will also be discussed. 
 

The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment, at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:00 in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.

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