President Clinton's recent announcement of an initiative to preserve
some 40 million acres of national forest lands from commercial
development, U.Va.'s Institute
for Environmental Negotiation will play a major role in aiding
discussions about forest uses as debate about the proposal continues
around the country in the coming year.
has been much national progress on how to have better dialogue
over forest uses," said Richard C. Collins. The institute
has helped mediate disputes over national forest land in Virginia,
Tennessee, North Carolina, Indiana and western states.
said that the Clinton proposal would face tremendous debate in
the coming year but predicted it would ultimately limit future