17 Envtl. L. 483 (1986-1987)
Rethinking Dominant Use Management in the Forest-Planning Era

handle is hein.journals/envlnw17 and id is 497 raw text is: RETHINKING DOMINANT USE MANAGEMENT
Dominant use land management, which advocates specialized
production for individual tracts of land, is presented as an alter-
native to multiple use, which is the current federal land manage-
ment philosophy. Public land managers have tended to view dom-
inant use as narrow-minded and outdated, and multiple use as
central to enlightened management. The Article portrays the dif-
ferences between dominant and multiple use management as re-
flecting the more fundamental dilemma between efficiency and
equity as goals for land management. The conclusion is that the
two land management strategies are more compatible than the
rhetoric implies, that combining them may be more appropriate
than using either one individually, and that the forest planning
process provides an excellent opportunity to explore this manage-
ment issue.
Perhaps no public land management technique has been as
widely scorned as dominant use. This is unfortunate since domi-
nant use management may be able to redress one of the signifi-
cant failings of public land management: inefficient production of
both commodity and non-commodity outputs. This Article exam-
ines dominant use management as a potential technique for
utilizing public lands, particularly those lands managed by the
United States Forest Service. Dominant use management essen-
tially identifies lands suited to specific uses and devotes those
lands to their primary uses. Secondary uses are allowed to the
extent they are compatible with the dominant use. The motiva-
tion for dominant use is the belief that if different tracts of land
* Assistant Professor, Department of Natural Resources, Utah State Univer-
sity. Ph.D. 1986, M.S. 1984, Duke University; B.A. 1981, Whitman College. The
author thankfully acknowledges comments by Richard Fisher, David Newman,
and John Krutilla. This Article is published with the approval of the Director,
Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, Utah State University as Journal Paper
No. 3343.

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