Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Idaho
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Falcy, M.R. 2015. Righting the resource management ship: a response to Grose. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30:294-295.


Absolute certainty is a luxurious state that is seldom attained by competent decision makers. Natural resource managers are accountable to the public for high-stakes actions that have incompletely understood consequences, so there is little tolerance for error. I argue that the traditional tools of science and decision theory are both necessary and sufficient, despite recent ‘backwards thinking’ on this topic.