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Why 'scientific consensus' fails to persuade

A recent study sought to understand why members of the public are sharply and persistently divided on matters on which expert scientists largely agree. How would you determine whether or not a scientist seems like an "expert" on a particular matter? The study indicates it is likely to depend on whether the position the scientist takes is consistent with the one believed by most people who share your…


Added by Deb Whitall on August 2, 2011 at 3:18pm — 4 Comments

Adding existing Assessment documents and links to the Living Assessment wiki



I'm getting familiar with the new public wiki, and I'd like to add links to documents and web pages of existing assessments (e.g. the 2010 Assessment and Strategies by FRAP, Southern Sierra Partnership, et al.).  Based on the layout I'm not sure where it would be best to put these (I've also posted a note on the wiki to this effect).  Any suggestions?




- Rich

Added by Rich Walker on July 19, 2011 at 3:01pm — 3 Comments

ESRI taking GIS in same direction we're thinking!

Esri UC 2011 Plenary & Keynotes

"[Jack] Dangermond said this new pattern of GIS – making it available to everyone – can mean bringing authoritative source information in and blending it with web with social network information, then making it available through lightweight mobile devices.

GIS professionals will be able to provide information to knowledge…


Added by Erica Schachtell on July 18, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

"Extreme Green" article from East Oregonian

‘Extreme Green’ gives environmentalism a bad name by Ted Williams on June 5,2011

A thought-provoking article that discusses what's gone wrong with the environmental litigation movement.  My favorite line is where he quotes CBD as saying they are mocking, adding stress to, and destroying the careers of public servants.…


Added by Erica Schachtell on July 6, 2011 at 5:05pm — No Comments

"Open Goverment" article on GovLoop

Open Government Isn't Something One Person Can Own - It Belongs To All of Us by Michael Rupert on July 1, 2011

My favorite line is where he quotes Dan Morgan: "The transformation we’ve seen is that technology has lowered the barrier to entry, we’ve seen a new kind of activism and volunteerism spring up, and we’ve seen a series of…


Added by Erica Schachtell on July 6, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Value Mapping

Links for Option 3 appear not to be working.  I'd like to see what you (USFS) are up to with this viewer.

Added by Rich Walker on July 5, 2011 at 5:22pm — 1 Comment

NASF launches new website

Washington, DC, June 14, 2011 - One year after finalizing their Forest

Action Plans, the members of the National Association of State Foresters

(NASF) today launched a new website——in order to

provide access to every state's plan as well as national- and

regional-level insight into the primary trends and challenges facing

America's forests. The website provides a never-before-seen…


Added by Emily Weidner on June 15, 2011 at 3:40pm — No Comments

eForest - the online community of NEPA professionals

I just attended the eForest webinar.  It sounds like it all started when the "NEPA for the 21st century" project asked the University of Indiana to do a study of how we did NEPA. At the end of their study, the researchers asked the agency "how do you guys ever get work done?" because our sources of information and expertise are so scattered. So David Seesholtz (FS) asked John Able (enterprise team) to complete a social network analysis, and at the end of…


Added by Erica Schachtell on June 14, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

wiki - ability

Since ning does not offer a wiki app, we had to do some research and look into other options.  We ended up going with WikiSpaces.  There has already been some activity on there!  That's great folks, keep it up!  To access the "Living Assessment" Wiki, just click on the link along the top of this page.

Added by Erica Schachtell on June 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

launch of version 0.1

A truly collaborative space?  A living assessment that informs forest planning?  People can see themselves in the process and the products? Yeah, that's pretty cool!

Added by Erica Schachtell on June 2, 2011 at 12:14pm — No Comments

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