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Liljeblad, Adam. 2005. Towards a comprehensive definition of trust: Understanding the public’s trust in natural resource management. Master’s Thesis. The University of Montana, Missoula.
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     Resource managers are charged with balancing ecological, social, and economic concerns when making management decisions on public wildlands. It has been suggested that one social concern, public trust in management, is frequently lacking. This lack of trust has become an impediment to wilderness management objectives such as wildland fire use. Distrust in resource managers comes from their inability to reflect the values locals attach to public lands. By incorporating local values into federal management objectives, and concerning themselves with the qualities that engender trust, managers can help maintain the public’s trust in their management.