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F&W ECOL 515: Natural Resources Policy (Spring 2021) : In-Class Exercises

Examine Regulations.gov entries

If your family/last name starts with a letter between "A" and "J," look at Entry R ("date posted" should be December 19, 2016): https://go.wisc.edu/rsy0k6

Old url: https://go.wisc.edu/3qd97k

 

If your family/last name starts with a letter between "K" and "Z," look at Entry PR ("date posted" should be November 20, 2015): https://go.wisc.edu/64zkj6

Old url: https://go.wisc.edu/nh06i5

 

  1. Scroll down the entire entry.
  2. Identify at least two sections of the entry that would help you identify or answer research questions related to a policy.

Be prepared to discuss with the whole class!

Examine a Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report

National Forest System (NFS) Roadless Area Initiatives, October 9, 2012: https://go.wisc.edu/1mnxf0

Identify two ways in which this CRS report differs from the regulations.gov entry you looked at earlier.

Be prepared to discuss with the whole class!

Policy basics

Professor Rissman asks you to answer a set of questions regarding each policy you write about.  This set is called the "policy basics." If you're not sure what to look for in a policy document, look for answers to these "policy basics" in the document. 

  1. Who is the decision maker?
  2. What level is the government? (federal, state, county, municipal)
  3. What is the type of policy? (law, executive order, regulation/rule, guidance, treaty, court ruling)
  4. What are the policy tools involved?
  5. What are the main laws that apply?
  6. Who are the main stakeholders and their positions?
  7. When is the timeframe for the decision and implementation process?
  8. Where does the policy apply?