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In DesJardins’ chapter on ethics and economics, he presents the problems that arise when attempting to manage public lands. On one side, the timber industry and ranchers believe that not enough forests are open for its use while others like environmentalists and hunters believe that too much wilderness is being sacrificed for human interests. He presents this issue because it is a problem in which the expertise of philosophers is under utilized and he hopes to encourage those in the philosophy field to voice their concerns and implore policy makers to expand their horizons to include not just the opinions of economists. The great debate surrounding the management of public lands is whether to conserve or preserve the land. Conservation is the notion that public lands exist to serve the needs and uses of the public – not for animals or for an intrinsic view. The face of the conservation movement was Gifford Pinchot, the head of the United States Forest Service. Pinchot
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