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Exploring National Environmental Policy Act processes across federal land management agenciesAuthor(s): Marc J. Stern; Michael J. Mortimer
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-799. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 106 p.
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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DescriptionBroad discretion is granted at all levels throughout federal land management agencies regarding compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). We explored the diversity of procedures employed in NEPA processes across four agencies, the USDA Forest Service, The USDI National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through document review and interviews with chief NEPA compliance officers, interdisciplinary team leaders, team members, and decisionmakers within the agencies with regard to how NEPA is perceived and implemented. This report focuses on how successful NEPA processes are defined within each agency and what strategies are perceived to be the most or least beneficial to positive NEPA outcomes. It also identifies unresolved questions about NEPA processes and presents a research strategy for addressing them.
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CitationStern, Marc J.; Mortimer, Michael J. 2009. Exploring National Environmental Policy Act processes across federal land management agencies. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-799. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 106 p.
KeywordsNational Environmental Policy Act. planning, interdisciplinary teams, Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- 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
- The meaning of the National Environmental Policy Act within the U.S. Forest Service
- Visions of success and achievement in recreation-related USDA Forest Service NEPA processes
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