Jim Fenwood sent this in..
Rules and incentives may improve the behavior of those who don’t care, though they won’t make them wiser. But in focusing on the people who don’t care—the targets of our rules and incentives—we miss those who do care. We miss those who want to do the right things but lack the practical wisdom to do them well. Rules and incentives won’t teach these people the moral skill and will they need. Even worse, rules can kill skill and incentives can kill will.
It would be interesting to peruse this book and see if there are potential applications in our line of work. It would be interesting to hear from our wise elders and their experiences. Posts on this topic are welcome.
Here’s a link to a newer lawsuit on the Beaverhead Deerlodge plan.
County Commissioner Mike McGinley said the Forest Service’s plan included wilderness areas that were never before considered and don’t meet the criteria for the highest level of land protection under federal law. And he said the plan, which guides management of the 3.3-million acre forest, was crafted after closed-door meetings between then Beaverhead Forest Supervisor Bruce Ramsey and the partnership members.
It seems like once again the issue is who was at the table. Is this an argument for formal advisory committees which include governments? Where should cooperating agencies and others fit? I hope that folks in Montana will share their insights.