As a way to kick start this blog, I would like to share a presentation that I gave in 2007 at San Jose State University highlighting the work I did with the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) to help them develop a policy to manage old growth forests on their State Trust Lands. Some of the content is highly technical, but if you follow the general message you will see that I use a fairly standard approach that is regularly used to holistically assess a situation, make recommendations, and identify potential contingency points or trade-offs. This method allows the analyst to focus on identifying all of the relevant stakeholders, as well as ensure that their perspectives are incorporated into the planning process. This approach called Policy Sciences, is a commonly used framework to evaluate environmental, educational, medical, and other issues that have multiple, competing goals and stakeholders. Using a holistic approach to problem solving and focusing on problem orientation will provide a platform for consensus building, as well as reduce the likelihood of conflict between stakeholders. In addition to highlighting the Policy Sciences, this work also highlights the use of uncertainty modeling using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), forest stand data, and other resources to identify and prioritize different stands for conservation, management, or both. I welcome your comments and questions and look forward to a lively discussion. Thank you.