Policy Sciences 31: 55^80, 1998. ß1998 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Printed in the Netherlands. Closing the gap between ecosystem management and ecosystem research a b c JOYCE BERRY, GARRYD.BREWER, JOHN C. GORDON, & DAVID R. PATTON a b Environment and Natural Resources Policy Institute, Colorado State University; Frederick A. Erb Environmental Management Institute, University of Michigan; School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,Yale University; College of Ecosystem Science and Management, Northern Arizona University; Correspondence should be directed: Professor Garry D. Brewer, Erb Environmental Management Institute, Dana Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1115, U.S.A. There exists a large gap between the operational needs of those responsible for ecosystems management and the knowledge required to meet those needs. The gap exists generally despite numerous calls to align resource and environmental management with essential natural and biological scienti¢c realities. More surprisingly, the gap persists even where notable e¡orts have been made to close it. Describing a vision for ecosystem management and research and then com- paring this to reality reveals several basic problems. A poor appreciation for the durability of human organizations and routines, and a consequent need to plan and execute their termination, is commonplace. Inconsistent, unreliable, or questionable environmental measurements
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