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Community Forestry: Local Values, Conflict and Forest Governance

  • Offers a critical examination of community forestry concepts and cases in developed regions to scrutinize both its promise and limitations
  • Provides an overview with specific examples of the social processes, issues, events and perceptions that have contributed to the evolution of community forestry in Canada, Northern Europe and the United States
  • Features compelling case studies and narratives from those directly involved in community forestry, to equip students, researchers and practitioners with a deep understanding of its implementation and management

By: Ryan CL Bullock(Author), Kevin S Hanna(Author)

186 pages, 14 b/w photos and illustrations, 4 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2012 | #196336 | ISBN-13: 9780521137584
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Hardback | Jun 2012 | #196337 | ISBN-13: 9780521190435
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Providing a critical and incisive examination of community forestry, Community Forestry is a detailed study of complex issues in local forest governance, community sustainability and grassroots environmentalism. It explores community forestry as an alternative form of local collaborative governance in globally significant developed forest regions, with examples ranging from the Gulf Islands of British Columbia to Scandinavia. Responding to the global trend in devolution of control over forest resources and the ever-increasing need for more sustainable approaches to forest governance, the book highlights both the possibilities and challenges associated with community forestry implementation. It features compelling case studies and accounts from those directly involved with community forestry efforts, providing unique insight into the underlying social processes, issues, events and perceptions. It will equip students, researchers and practitioners with a deep understanding of both the evolution and management of community forestry in a pan-national context.

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1. Defining concepts and spaces for the re-emergence of community forestry
2. Putting community forestry into place: implementation and conflict
3. Keeping New England's forests common
4. Experiments and false starts: Ontario's community forestry experience
5. A 'watershed' case for community forestry in British Columbia's interior: the Creston Valley Forest Corporation
6. Contested forests and transition in two Gulf Island communities
7. The southwestern United States: community forestry as governance
8. Community access and the culture of stewardship in Finland and Sweden
9. Community forestry: a way forward


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Ryan C. L. Bullock is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His research addresses environmental governance and conflict in northern and rural settings, and he has served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Association of Geographers.

Kevin S. Hanna is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. His research centres on integrated approaches to natural resource management, forest sector policy in Canada, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and regional land use planning.

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