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The environmental and natural resource professionals who will be in positions of power and influence for decades into the future are not being introduced to the core values and potential benefits of mediation, collaborative problem solving, community engagement, and the many other aspects of EDR as part of their graduate education. Decisionmakers and the stakeholders affected by their decisions are neither regularly made aware of the variety of available decision-making approaches, nor are they regularly reminded of success stories that exemplify something beyond “business as usual.” Participants in well-designed and well-implemented EDR processes become strong proponents of EDR. Unfortunately, the opposite can be true as well.

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