Conservation Connecting Multiple Scales of Place

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Contribution to Book

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Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Publishing Company

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Place Based Conservation: Perspectives from the Social Sciences

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This chapter stretches the notion of place and its role in conservation by exploring interactions across multiple scales via new forms of governance. This process may enable rural, resource-dependent communities, previously deemed incapable of asserting much influence on decision-making, to engage in extra-local relationships to better serve their community interests. Theoretical explorations of place, scale, community and regional fields, and governance are followed by a summary of emerging place-based influences on decision-making in the context of recent widespread landscape disturbance in north central Colorado. In this case, new relationships were forged via expanding place and multi-scale linkages and innovative forms of governance.

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