Collaboration in Context: Rural Change and Community Forestry in the Four Corners

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Environmental Studies


Over the past decade, many rural communities in the western United States have experienced dramatic social and economic transformations. Concurrent with these New West changes has been the rapid proliferation of community-based collaborative approaches to resource conservation and management. Given the uneven local impacts of these transformations and the community-based nature of collaborative management, the question arises as to the role of collaborative conservation efforts in mediating the local effects of these regional changes. To address this issue, a comparative analysis of four community forestry initiatives on national forests in the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States was conducted. The results present a framework that begins to articulate the way place specific socio-environmental contexts are reflected in the diverse form and structure of community-based forestry projects in the region.


Original version is available from the publisher at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08941920500323302#.UnKeCXCsgyo

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