The ‘right’ answer is no longer understood as one that can’t go wrong but rather as one that everyone can agree is worth trying, given the knowledge available. ‘Adaptive management’ … stresses the importance of constantly reevaluating our knowledge and assumptions … based on the results of previous action.
- Nathan F. Sayre, Working Wilderness: The Malpai Borderlands Group and the Future of the Western Range
Meetings of ranchers, land managers, wildlife officials, and environmentalists routinely degenerated into insulting tirades….
… whereas the Malpai discussions and subsequent get-togethers managed to remain civil and constructive.
To reverse this [existing political] polarization [between ranchers and environmentalists], which is a no-win situation for the land and everyone concerned, the ‘Malpai Meeting’ proposes that a concerned effort be made to identify the conservational common ground that unites all of us who love the land, then to create programs in which we can work together to implement the values we share.
All [of us] who love the land agree that it should not be cashed-in or mined-out and that its health takes precedence over profits.
Rather than splitting the difference between two extremes, the radical center aimed to discard the polar oppositions that defined the spectrum in the first place.
to unite ranching and conversation, to make them complementary and symbiotic if not synonymous … [in an] effort that would have to be public and multilateral.