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dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Caysie Alishaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:39:11Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:39:11Z
dc.date.issued2012-05-18en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-06012012-115539en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33376
dc.description.abstractThe United States Forest Service planning processes, which are driven in large part by the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), are a part of all major (and some minor) land management decisions by the agency. The outcomes of these processes are the result of multiple factors, many related to the manifold smaller incremental decisions made by agency personnel directing the processes. Through qualitative review of 21 NEPA documents and 5 case study processes in which we interviewed decision makers, team leaders, and team members, this study examines those incremental decisions and the factors that drive them. Risk emerged as a dominant lens through which agency personnel weigh and make process-related decisions. We identify the different types of risk perceived by agency actors and the risk management strategies they employ. Our interviews suggest that different actors within the agency tend to assume responsibility for responding to different forms of risk associated with particular tasks. Most time and energy appears to be focused on minimizing process-related risks, especially those caused by external entities in the form of public opposition and threats of appeal/litigation, rather than resource-related threats. We discuss the potential implications of this focus and its associated strategies on organizational and social learning within agency planning processes, on adaptive ecosystem management, and internal agency relationships and morale.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartMartin_CA_T_2012.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectForest Serviceen_US
dc.subjectRisk Managementen_US
dc.subjectRisken_US
dc.subjectNational Environmental Policy Acten_US
dc.titleRisk Management in United States Forest Service: National Environmental Policy Act Planning Processesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForestryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairStern, Marc J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPredmore, S. Andrewen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberHull, Robert Bruce IVen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06012012-115539/en_US
dc.date.sdate2012-06-01en_US
dc.date.rdate2012-08-08
dc.date.adate2012-08-08en_US


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