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Title: Science exchange in an era of diminished capacity: recreation management in the U.S. Forest Service

Author: Ryan, Clare M.; Cerveny, Lee K.;

Date: 2010

Source: American Review of Public Administration. 40(5): 593-616

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Promotion of effective science exchange between government scientists and managers requires thoughtful arrangement and operation of research and management functions. The U.S. Forest Service was established at the peak of the Progressive Era, when science exchange was designed to occur between researchers and resource managers who worked in distinct arms of the agency, but shared similar goals of effective forest management. In this article, the authors explore the implications of diminished agency capacity for science exchange interactions between researchers and managers in recreation management. Managers and researchers identified their current interactions, their perceptions of ideal interactions, and barriers to achieving those ideals. Reductions in agency capacity for recreation management have resulted in the erosion of interactions between managers and researchers. However, effective science exchange does occur, but requires innovative and adaptive approaches.

Keywords: agency capacity, science exchange, recreation management, interaction, managers, researchers

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Ryan, Clare M.; Cerveny, Lee K. 2010. Science exchange in an era of diminished capacity: recreation management in the U.S. Forest Service. The American Review of Public Administration. 40(5): 593-616.


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