Canadian Forest Service Publications

A practitioner’s guide to public deliberation in natural resource management. 2005. Mitchell, R.E.; Parkins, J.R. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-407. 34 p.

Year: 2005

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 25903

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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This report is a guide to help practitioners and managers to enhance deliberative activities in natural resource management. As a subset of public participation activities, deliberative practices are predominantly concerned with the creation of opportunities for public dialogue. Through consultation and careful consideration of alternative points of view, deliberative activities may result in more reasonable, better-informed opinions within a representative body of citizens or participants. After a brief examination of the strengths and weaknesses of three recent deliberative activities in the forest sector (Special Places 2000, the Alberta Forest Conservation Strategy, and the forest sector public advisory committees), eight specific deliberative tools are described in detail. Finally, a detailed set of guidelines is presented for the three stages of public deliberation: predeliberative activities, the deliberation itself, and postdeliberative activities.