This is the third of fi ve annual workshops on the general theme of agro-environmental policy issues in the Great Lakes Region. The series is underwritten by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with additional support by The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, The Elton R. Smith Endowment in Food and Agricultural Policy at MSU and the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at OSU. The fi rst of the three workshops dealt with the role of science and scientists in public policy, the second focused on rural water quality and the importance of “total maximum daily load,” and this year we shift to the role of land use models in land use policy. Each workshop is put together by a planning committee specifi c to the topic, with co-chairs and co-PIs Sandra Batie from MSU and Larry Libby from OSU organizing the process. Committee members for this workshop are listed on the inside cover of the report.
By Lawrence Libby