In A Burning Issue, Robert Nelson makes a compelling case for abolishing the U.S. Forest Service. Created in the early 20th century to provide scientific management of the nation's forests, the U.S. Forest Service was, for many years, regarded as a model agency in the federal government. Nelson contends that this reputation is undeserved and the Forest Service's performance today is unacceptable. Nelson advocates replacing the service with a decentralized system to manage the protection of our national forests.
Robert H. Nelson is professor of environmental policy at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Scientific Management of Fire Chapter 3 Ecosystem Management as Fire Management Chapter 4 A Theology of Timber Harvesting Chapter 5 An Illegitimate Institution Chapter 6 Why Decentralization? Chapter 7 Lessons in Western Political Economy Chapter 8 A New Political Constitution for the Rural West Chapter 9 Conclusion Chapter 10 About the Political Economy Research Center