Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Conservation Program Handbook: A Guide for Local Government Land Acquisition

Academic journal article Electronic Green Journal

Review: The Conservation Program Handbook: A Guide for Local Government Land Acquisition

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Review: The Conservation Program Handbook: A Guide for Local Government Land Acquisition By Sandra Tassel Tassel, Sandra. The Conservation Program Handbook: A Guide for Local Government Land Acquisition. Washington, DC: Island Press, 2011. xvi + 245 pp. ISBN: 9781597266666. US$35.00, paperback. Alkaline paper.

The author and her many colleagues have based this book upon "case studies" of public lands acquisition and management at the local level either by or on behalf of local government. At intervals there are chapters which examine and conceptualize important aspects of the processes involved and thus integrate the learning from the various examples.

There are also a number of sidebar reminders of particularly important principles:

- Programs used as models by new programs may not be the best ones to emulate

- At the very start of designing the program policies, you need to decide when commitments can be made

- The objectivity of numeric ranking is actually an illusion unless every element of your rating system can be reduced to a yes or no question or measured quantitatively

The clarity of the text is indeed one of the best features of the book as a whole. Newcomers to the land management process will find it easy to follow, yet at the same time dealing in real depth with the issues that arise in practice. …

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