Building Sustainable Communities
This chapter discusses the concept of collaborative conservation to address environmental issues. In many communities, local officials, citizens, and agency employees have started to cooperate with one another to address thorny environmental issues. Such cooperation has become increasingly common across the western landscape. Initiatives such as the Canyon Country Partnership in the Moab area, the Malpai Borderlands Group in the Southwest, and the Quincy Library Group in the northern Sierras are emblematic of this new spirit of cooperation, prompting some observers to proclaim a new era of collaborative stewardship on the public lands. These new community-based conservation initiatives represent devolution in action. The best of these new collaborative ventures have also embraced the logic of ecological management, creating an important nexus between science and politics while further legitimizing ecosystem management as a new policy.
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