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Title: From the office to the field: Areas of tension and consensus in the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act within the US Forest Service
Author: Stern, Marc J.; Predmore, S. Andrew; Mortimer, Michael J.; Seesholtz, David N.;
Source: Journal of Environmental Management
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Description: We conducted an online survey (n = 3321) followed by five focus groups with Forest Service employees involved in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to explore agency views of how NEPA should be implemented within the agency. We filter these perceptions through the lenses of different functional groups within the agency, each with its own role in agency compliance with NEPA and its own suite of perceived accountabilities. In doing so, we uncover areas of consensus regarding valued practices as well as tensions between employees with different roles in NEPA compliance. General consensus exists regarding the importance of the effective functioning of interdisciplinary teams, but opinions about what constitutes an effective team vary. Findings suggest that NEPA serves as a playing field for competing accountabilities felt by line officers, disciplinary specialists, and advisory personnel within the agency, as each attempts to exert influence over NEPA processes and their outcomes.
Keywords: Forest Service, National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA
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Stern, Marc J.; Predmore, S. Andrew; Mortimer, Michael J.; Seesholtz, David N. 2010. From the office to the field: areas of tension and consensus in the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act within the US Forest Service. Journal of Environmental Management. 91(6): 1350-1356.
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