Natural resource management actions have social and economic effects which often
require appropriate analyses. Additionally, in the United States, federal agencies are legally mandated to follow guidance under
the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which requires addressing social and economic effects for actions that may cause biophysical impacts. Most natural
resource managers and planners lack training in understanding potential social and economic effects as well as an understanding of the variety of methods and analyses available.
Thus, ASPN provides a common framework which provides consistency within and across natural resource management agencies to assist in identification of pertinent social and
economic issues while also allowing the social and economic analyses to be tailored to best meet the needs of the specific plan or project.
ASPN can be used anytime!!
ASPN can be used throughout a planning process or be used as a tool to identify potential issues that may be applicable to future
management actions. ASPN is useful during the pre-scoping phase as a tool to start thinking about potential social and economic
issues as well as to identify potential stakeholders whom may be affected. Thinking about this early in the planning process
can help with outreach efforts and with understanding the cost and time needed to address the potential social and economic
effects. One can use ASPN during the scoping and post-scoping phases as a way to get guidance on how to address issues that
stakeholders identified. ASPN can also be used as a monitoring tool to see if new social and economic issues arise after a
management action occurs.
ASPN is designed to provide a framework for natural resource managers and planners to begin to evaluate management issues on public lands.
While this tool can serve to inform managers and planners on the social and economic effects of management alternatives, it is not designed to replace the
need for consultation with both internal and external experts. In most cases, the user will need to consult with internal resource specialists prior
to or during the ASPN analysis. Following the analysis, the manager will likely need to consult with social science or economic experts to complete the
recommended methods of evaluation across the proposed management alternatives.
Additionally, it is well recognized that there are specific legal requirements that must be met throughout the decision making process to ensure compliance with NEPA; ASPN does not serve as a replacement for these legal obligations.
- Logs In
- Accesses myAssessments page
- Reviews or Starts New Assessment or Analysis
- Answers a Series of Questions
- Reviews Output
- Prints and/or Downloads Results and Data