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Community forestry in the United States : learning from the past, crafting the future
Baker, Mark, 1961-
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Washington, D.C. : Island Press, [2003]

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xii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Across the United States, people are developing new relationships with the forest ecosystems on which they depend, with a common goal of improving the health of the land and the well-being of their communities. Practitioners and supporters of what has come to be called community forestry are challenging current approaches to forest management as they seek to end the historical disfranchisement of communities and workers from forest management and the all-too-pervasive trends of long-term disinvestment in ecosystems and human communities that have undermined the health of both.

Community Forestry in the United States is an analytically rigorous and historically informed assessment of this new movement. It examines the current state of community forestry through a grounded assessment of where it stands now and where it might go in the future. The book not only clarifies the state of the movement, but also suggests a trajectory and process for its continued development.

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Mark Baker is research associate and Jonathan Kusel is founder and director of Forest Community Research, a nonprofit organization based in the Sierra Nevada of California

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Community Forestry is a comprehensive examination of the community forestry movement. It resulted from a thorough study of the topic and is based on literature review, interviews, workshops, and the authors' insights. The workshops were held in Vermont, Colorado, and California, so the book has a broad geographic representation. Authors Baker (research associate, Forest Community Research) and Kusel (founder and director, Forest Community Research) are well versed in sustainable community forestry through research, education, and practice. "Lead Partnership Group Principle of Community Based Forestry" is a particularly useful summary of the key components for organizing community-based groups. This book is destined to be a classic for sustainable community forestry. The publisher is a noble, nonprofit organization whose principal purpose is the publication of books on environmental issues and natural resource management. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All levels. D. F. Karnosky Michigan Technological University

Table of Contents

Jeffrey G. Borchers and Jonathan KuselLeah Wills and Mark Baker
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
1 The Landscape of Community Forestryp. 1
2 Historical Antecedentsp. 13
3 Setting the Stage for Community Forestryp. 35
4 An Emerging Social Movementp. 55
5 Environment, Economy, and Equityp. 79
6 Democratic Renewal and Revivalp. 93
7 The Politics of Community Forestryp. 121
8 Toward a Civic Science for Community Forestryp. 147
9 Community-Scale Investment, Equity, and Social Justicep. 165
10 Signposts for the Twenty-First Centuryp. 187
Appendix Study Interviewees and Workshop Participantsp. 199
Notesp. 203
Referencesp. 219
About the Authorsp. 231
Indexp. 233