Public values, opinions, and emotions in restoration controversies

Vining, J., E. Tyler & B.-S. Kweon, 2000, Public values, opinions, and emotions in restoration controversies, in: Gobster, P.H. & R. B. Hull, ‘Restoring nature’, Island Press, Washington

  • Author : Vining, J., E. Tyler & B.-S. Kweon
  • Year : 2000
  • Published in Book : Restoring nature
  • Pages : 143-161
  • Abstract in English : The Chicago restoration controversy is examined from a psychological perspective. Using an analysis of the controversy as bases for developing a list of arguments for and against restoration and a hypothetical scenario of the conflict, the researchers probe the environmental values and emotions of people not direct involved in the conflict. They show how conflict cab arises due to differences in values and perceptions. Controversies result when values conflict. Respondents to our scenario of a hypothetical restoration controversy expressed a strong belief in public involvement, reflecting one of the principal issues raised by restoration opponents and acknowledge in retrospect by restorations and land managers in the real Chicago restoration controversy. In this way, the Chicago restoration controversy is reminiscent of the clear cutting controversies over the national forests. In the cases, environmental changes were made in line with decision-making processes and criteria that were neither communicated to members of the public nor agreed upon by them. In today’s society, failure to involve the public in decisions regarding management of public lands is generally regarded as unacceptable.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: urban forestry, nature conservation, participation, public value.