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The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism

The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism

A Comparative Analysis

Edited by Kalyani Robbins

This book provides a comparative analysis of the various approaches to environmental federalism and a consideration of what each system might learn from the others. Each chapter focuses on a different regime, and together they offer a broad overview of the field as well as original theory and policy analysis that is sure to meaningfully contribute to our understanding of environmental federalism as well as our policy-making future.

Chapter 4: Fragmented forest federalism

Blake Hudson

Subjects: environment, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, environmental politics and policy, law - academic, environmental law

Abstract

US forest policy is highly fragmented. The federal government maintains direct forest management inputs for only 35 per cent of the nation’s forests, and states vary greatly by region with regard to both the type and stringency of forest policy chosen for private and state-owned forests. This fragmentation, which may leave the nation unable to forestall threats facing US forest resources in the coming decades, has both legal and political drivers. This chapter highlights these drivers to provide a foundation for understanding where to direct efforts to overcome fragmented forest federalism and to facilitate more holistic management of this crucial domestic resource.

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