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Title: Prognostic framing of stakeholders' subjectivities: A case of all-terrain vehicle management on state public lands

Author: Asah, Stanley T.; Bengston, David N.; Wendt, Keith; DeVaney, Leif.;

Date: 2012

Source: Environmental Management. 49: 192-206.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Management of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) use on Minnesota state forest lands has a contentious history and land managers are caught between ATV riders, nonmotorized recreationists, private landowners, and environmental advocates. In this paper, we demonstrate the usefulness of framing distinct perspectives about ATV management on Minnesota state public forests, understand the structure of these management perspectives, identify areas of consensus and disagreement, specify which stakeholders hold the various perspectives, clarify stakeholder perceptions of other stakeholders, and explore the implications for ATV planning and management. Using Q methodology, three distinct perspectives about how we should or should not manage ATVs resulted from our analysis, labeled Expert Management, Multiple Use, and Enforcement and Balance. A surprising degree of unanimity among the three management perspectives was found. Although some of the areas of agreement would be difficult to implement, others would be relatively simple to put into place. We suggest that land managers focus on widely accepted management actions to ameliorate commonly recognized problems, which may ease tensions between stakeholders and make tackling the tougher issues easier.

Keywords: conflict, ATV, Q methodology, consensus, stakeholders, prognostic framing

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Asah, Stanley T.; Bengston, David N.; Wendt, Keith; DeVaney, Leif. 2012. Prognostic framing of stakeholders' subjectivities: A case of all-terrain vehicle management on state public lands. Environmental Management. 49: 192-206.


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