Fort Collins Science Center: Policy Analysis and Science Assistance

Product Type: 

Fact Sheet

Year: 

2004

Author(s): 

Lamb, B.L

Suggested Citation: 

Lamb, B.L. 2004. Fort Collins Science Center: Policy Analysis and Science Assistance. Fact Sheet 2004-3144. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Geological Survey. 2 p.

Most resource management decisions involve the integrated use of biological, sociological, and economic information. Combining this information provides a more comprehensive basis for making effective land management and conservation decisions. Toward this end, scientists in the Policy Analysis and Science Assistance Branch (PASA) of the Fort Collins Science Center (FORT) contribute expert knowledge for natural resources management by conducting biological, social, economic, and institutional analyses of conservation policies and management practices.

PASA�s mission is to integrate biological, social, and economic research so that resource managers can use the resulting information to make informed decisions and resolve resource management confl icts. PASA scientists pursue and conduct scientific analyses that help agencies and Native American tribes to (1) identify impending policy controversies and areas where social and natural science research is needed to address future policy questions; (2) develop methods and approaches to assist researchers in preparing scientific evidence; (3) assess habitat alteration in a manner consistent with policy needs; and (4) evaluate policy options. Branch scientists also evaluate policy options (e.g., effects of different land treatments, fish and wildlife management practices, or visitor/recreation management practices) in response to specifi c questions faced by policymakers and managers.