Current law requires the federal government to fulfill a broad spectrum of responsibilities in managing public lands; to protect and conserve the environment; to foster the appropriate development of marketable commodities; to preserve wilderness areas, wildlife habitats, and unique historical sites; and to encourage public participation in land-use and management decisions. There is no consensus, however, on the best ways to establish a balance among the? priorities when serious conflicts arise. This book presents a wide-ranging discussion of the means by which lands and resources administered by the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management can better serve present and future needs for environmental preservation and resource development. The contributors consider public and private interests in the federal lands in light of political realities and uncertainties, giving particular: attention to efficiency-versus-equity issues, privatization fair market value, and the income-producing potential of publicly owned assets. Major sections of the book focus on timber, nonfuel minerals, rangelands, and energy resources. Based on a recent conference sponsored by The Wilderness Society, the book reflects the views of conservationists, scholars, industry representatives, and state and federal officials.

part 1|113 pages

Three Perspectives on the Public Lands

chapter 1|16 pages

Public and Private Interests in the Federal Lands: Toward Conciliation

ByDaniel W. Bromley

chapter 2|39 pages

A Property Rights Approach to Wilderness Management

ByJohn Baden, Dean Lueck

chapter |7 pages

An Economist's Critique of Privatization

ByC. Ford Runge

chapter |4 pages

The Wilderness System Isn't Broken and Doesn't Need Fixing

ByM. Rupert Cutler

chapter 3|23 pages

Public Land Politics in the 1980s

ByD. Michael Harvey

chapter |9 pages

Federal-State Cooperation and Public Land Policy

ByTimothy E. Gallagher

part 2|72 pages

Timber Issues

chapter |12 pages

Community Stability and the Federal Lands

ByGeorge M. Johnston

chapter |4 pages

Some Historical Trends in Timber Management

ByThomas J. Barlow

part 3|39 pages

Nonfuel Mineral Issues

chapter |3 pages

The Economic Significance of Mineral Resources

ByHarold J. Barnett

chapter |8 pages

Management of Non-fuel Minerals: A Mining Industry Perspective

ByThomas C. Nelson

chapter |9 pages

Mineral Facts and Fictions

ByRichard W. Wright

part 4|33 pages

Rangeland Issues

part 5|39 pages

Energy Resources Issues

chapter 8|12 pages

Energy Resources, Revenues and the Public Lands

ByJohn J. Schanz

chapter |8 pages

Oil Shale Problems and Issues

ByMary Jane C. Due

chapter |9 pages

Free Markets, States' Rights, and Federal Coal

ByDewitt John