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    Author(s): Peter A. Stine; Dennis D. Murphy
    Date: 2004
    Source: In: Murphy, Dennis D. and Stine, Peter A., editors. Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-193. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 1-6
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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    The policies and strategies that guide the use and management of lands in the Sierra Nevada ecoregion depend on objective scientific information. In recent years, the region has attracted increasing attention from visitors, developers, environmentalists, businesses, scientists, and politicians as well as local residents, resource managers, and research groups. And the effects of management decisions on the status and trends of lands and natural resources in the Sierra Nevada seem to carry more weight each year. Accordingly, a great deal of new ecological information has been collected and synthesized for many different purposes. Efforts such as the Sierra Nevada Ecosystem Project (Elliot-Fisk and others 1996) and the Lake Tahoe Watershed Assessment (Murphy and Knopp 2000) illustrate both the interest and effort that have been devoted to gathering and using scientific information to support regional management. Links between science and policy, however, are often extremely difficult to forge. They require collaboration among institutions and individuals that have different traditions, needs, and goals. The potential for collaboration between scientists and managers to resolve increasingly critical challenges has not yet been fully tapped.

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    Stine, Peter A.; Murphy, Dennis D. 2004. Achieving a nexus of science, management, and policy in the Sierra Nevada. In: Murphy, Dennis D. and Stine, Peter A., editors. Proceedings of the Sierra Nevada Science Symposium. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-193. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 1-6

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