Examining the role of resource-based industries in ecosystem approaches to management: An evaluation of comprehensive plans in Florida Academic Article uri icon


  • While ecosystem approaches to management often necessitate the participation of key stakeholders during the plan-making process, few empirical studies have focused on the role of industry. Large resource-based industries not only have the greatest impact on critical natural resources, but also own much of the land base and critical habitat in the United States. This article examines the impact of resource-based industries in Florida on ecosystem management strategies and environmental planning in general. Specifically, it tests the relationship between industry participation in the planning process and the quality of local plans associated with managing ecological systems over the long term. Results indicate that the presence of industry during the planning process significantly raises the quality of adopted plans associated with managing ecological systems.

published proceedings

  • Society and Natural Resources

author list (cited authors)

  • Brody, S. D.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Brody, SD

publication date

  • August 2003