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Abstract

Integrating multiple stakeholders and multiple objectives for improved management of public resources is a widespread and complex issue. Formal coordination methods have proven inadequate as problems have become more complex, resources more constrained, and policies more comprehensive. Integrated approaches can be characterized by a focus on coordination— specifically, communication, conflict resolution, and information sharing. This article analyzes one particular tool, the Land-Use Deconfliction Process (LUDP) developed by Army environmental planners at Fort Lewis, Washington. The planners devised and implemented this communication tool utilizing the mapping and display capabilities of geographic information systems (GISs). The process is an exceptional alternative to more formalized communication techniques and has served to enhance integration at Fort Lewis. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.