Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): H. Michael Rauscher; Walter D. Potter
    Date: 1999
    Source: Proceedings, Ecological Stewardship Workshop. Chapter 12: 162--183
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    PDF: View PDF  (344 KB)


    In the face of mounting confrontation and after almost 20 years of increasingly contentious public unhappiness with the management of National Forests, the USDA Forest Service officially adopted ecosystem management as a land management paradigm (Overbay, 1992). Other federal forest land management agencies, such as the USDI Bureau of Land Management, the USDI National Park Service, the USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, the USDC NOAA, and the Environmental Protection Agency, have also made the commitment to adopt ecosystem management principles (Government Accounting Office, 1994). Ecosystem management represents different things to different people. At the heart of the ecosystem management paradigm lies a shift in emphasis away from sustaining yields of products toward sustaining the ecosystems that provide these products (Thomas, 1995; Rauscher, 1999). The ecosystem management paradigm represents the latest attempt, in a century-long struggle between resource users and resource preservers, to find a sensible middle ground between ensuring the necessary long-term protection of the environment while protecting the right of an ever-growing population to use its natural resources to maintain and improve human life (Chase, 1995; Taylor, 1998).

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • 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.


    Rauscher, H. Michael; Potter, Walter D. 1999. Decision Support for Ecosystem Management and Ecological Assessments (Chapter 12). Proceedings, Ecological Stewardship Workshop. Chapter 12: 162--183

    Related Search

    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page