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Disparate stakeholder management: the case of elk and bison feeding in southern Greater Yellowstone

September 20, 2012

For resource decisions to make the most possible progress toward achieving agency mandates, managers must work with stakeholders and may need to at least partially accommodate some of their key underlying interests. To accommodate stakeholder interests, while also substantively working toward fulfilling legal mandates, managers must understand the sociopolitical factors that influence the decision-making process. We coin the phrase disparate stakeholder management (DSM) to describe situations with disparate stakeholders and disparate management solutions. A DSM approach (DSMA) requires decision makers to combine concepts from many sciences, thus releasing them from disciplinary bonds that often constrain innovation and effectiveness. We combined three distinct approaches to develop a DSMA that assisted in developing a comprehensive range of elk and bison management alternatives in the Southern Greater Yellowstone Area. The DSMA illustrated the extent of compromise between meeting legal agency mandates and accommodating the preferences of certain stakeholder groups.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2012
Title Disparate stakeholder management: the case of elk and bison feeding in southern Greater Yellowstone
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2012.701371
Authors Lynne Koontz, Dana Hoag, Don DeLong
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal
Series Number
Index ID 70118040
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization