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'L.A. Times' publishes Rosenberg op-ed
`L.A. Times' publishes Rosenberg op-ed
An op-ed piece by
Professor Erica Rosenberg
, titled “Environmentalists out on a limb,” was recently published in the
Los Angeles Times
The piece, which ran in the Jan. 24 edition, states that, although public lands have long been a battleground over timber, wildlife, recreation and wilderness use, “collaboration” -- where former adversaries sit down and hash out a deal about how their local public lands should be managed and submit it to Congress for approval -- is now all the rage.
“But these collaborations are troublesome, particularly for environmentalists, who risk undermining their mission as well as the very laws that are the basis of their power, effectiveness and legitimacy,” Rosenberg wrote.
She argued that collaborative agreements can ignore some stakeholders, decisions often are made behind closed doors, and the agreements can skirt laws designed to safeguard public lands.
“For decades, environmentalists fought to get a more level playing field and establish transparency and accountability in public-lands policy; they continue to fight the Bush administration’s relentless efforts to dismantle these policies,” Rosenberg wrote. “How ironic it would be, then, if in their eagerness to embrace the new paradigm, they craft and push through Congress deals that undercut the very laws that got them to the table in the first place.”
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