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 authority, public 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.
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