Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help
 

Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (368 KB)

Title: Implementation of the Forest Service Open Space Conservation Strategy in Washington State: Exploring the Role of the National Forest System

Author: Pringle, Richard J.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Bradley, Gordon A.;

Date: 2015

Source: Forest Science

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The loss of open space was declared one of the “four threats to the health of our nation’s forests” by former USDA Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth in 2004. Since then, the agencywide Open Space Conservation Strategy (OSCS) was released and the “four threats” were incorporated into the agency’s National Strategic Plan. These actions indicate that the OSCS is in the implementation stage of the policy process; however, interviews conducted with line officers and program managers of the National Forest System (NFS) in Washington State revealed a more complex story. This research uses concepts from the policy implementation literature and the OSCS to explore how the NFS branch of the agency is engaging in open space conservation. The results indicate that there may be a lack of awareness of the OSCS, partners are essential to successful implementation, and the role of the NFS is a “neighbor” and “final holder” of open space. Additional findings discuss barriers to the NFS engagement in open space conservation. Where appropriate, recommendations that could improve implementation are suggested and some new resources that aid implementation are shared.

Keywords: national forest management, planning, policy, landscape

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

XML: View XML

Citation:


Pringle, Richard J.; Cerveny, Lee K.; Bradley, Gordon A. 2015. Implementation of the Forest Service Open Space Conservation Strategy in Washington State: Exploring the Role of the National Forest System. Forest Science. 61(2): 388-396.

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.