Quincy comes up short

  A professor at the University of California at Berkeley has taken a scholarly look at the Quincy Library Group and at its plan and decided that both are flawed, but not because he opposes consensus efforts. In the same article, Timothy P. Duane finds that a consensus group in California's Yuba River watershed does something the QLG fails at: It successfully integrates local and national concerns to manage a chunk of Bureau of Land Management forest. But at Quincy, writes the assistant professor of environmental planning and policy, the Quincy Library Group chose to go it alone, without the Forest Service and without national environmental groups. That wasn't accidental, he writes. In his view, the Quincy group is held together mainly by resentment of urban influences on rural areas. The result, he writes, is that the local community has all the power within the QLG process, and non-residents are excluded. The article, titled "Community Participation in Ecosystem Management," says that the group's bill, HR 858, now before the U.S. Senate, "runs the risk of being a Trojan Horse for dismantling existing environmental laws and disempowering environmental interests." The 27-page article is available from the Ecology Law Quarterly, 20 Boalt Hall, #7200, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-7200. Ask for Vol 24, No. 4, 771-797.

*Ed Marston

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