Lecture 1 - Professionals and Natural Resource Policy What...

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Professionals and Natural Resource Policy
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What is Politics? http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=OtOi8eDkTTE
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Influence of Policy Despite great effort, natural resource professionals cannot escape policy Policy is the overwhelming feature of one’s career, no matter how brief Universities cannot prepare future professionals for the policy-orientated world of natural resource conservation Avoid substitution of ideology for critical thought
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Philosophical View of Policy At the largest scale of Earth Humans represent the only species capable of both understanding the natural world and destroying it Policy is needed to prioritize and direct the former while preventing the latter
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Big Bang 12-15 bya Earth: 4.6 bya First life: 3.5 - 3.8 bya Atmosphere O2: 2.7 bya First eukaryotic cell: 2.1 bya First multicellular organism w/ eukaryotic cells: 1.2 bya First animals: 700 mya First land plants: 500 mya Hominoids: 6-7 mya Humans: 160,000 ya
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What is Policy? Interpretation of laws and regulations Expresses goals and objectives as well as a framework for achievement Sets the ground rules for how the game is played States what governments and organizations actually do May be inactive or active
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Role of Policy Integral to function of an organization Planning and Administration Based on Politics Economics Ethics Science To be successful, a professional must have a complete understanding of each
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General Aspects of Natural Resource Policy Public and social endeavor Involves decision processes Conflicting information and societal needs Time-consuming Frustrating Rarely rational Requires dedication Little coordination
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