Living with the Adirondack Forest: Local Perspectives on Land-Use Conflicts

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"While locals are inherently integral to land use decisions, their story is seldom coherently placed within the context of competing interests. Knott effectively places local perspectives in the Adirondack land use conflict to illustrate the need for participatory approaches to decision-making."—Valerie A. Luzadis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryAttitudes about land use, Catherine Henshaw Knott suggests, may reflect profound differences in class, religion, and life experience, pitting urban Americans who see nature at risk against rural Americans whose lives are dominated by nature's forces. She documents the thoughts and feelings of people whose lives are intimately connected to the forest, including loggers, trappers, craftspeople, and guides, as well as tree farmers and maple syrup producers. After describing the key players in the conflict and chronicling battles and bridge-building between stake-holders, Knott concludes that the participation of local people in decision making is the only process that can shift an increasingly hostile cycle toward resolution.
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"Knott's excellent overview of the issues and perspectives of management and uses of the Adirondack forest draws upon this forest to frame the wider land-use debate taking place across the nation, especially in the Northwest. . . . This book also contributes to the emerging concepts within ecosystem management, using the critical lessons learned in the Adirondack forest as an example. Excellent bibliography; good illustrations; thorough index. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals."—Choice

"An interesting read for those studying American land use conflicts and those with regional interests in the North Country. Though it has a particular philosophical perspective, it is straightforward about its perspective and intelligently portrays the complexities of the Adirondack situation."—Stephen J. Stadler, Oklahoma State University, Journal of Cultural Geography. Spring/Summer 1998.

"Knott's first-hand reportage from the dramatic public hearings held in the Park on the Commission's report is riveting, an example of the value of participant observation."—Blueline.

"While locals are inherently integral to land use decisions, their story is seldom coherently placed within the context of competing interests. Knott effectively places local perspectives in the Adirondack land use conflict to illustrate the need for participatory approaches to decision-making."—Valerie A. Luzadis, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485008
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographs
Adirondack Species Mentioned in the Text
Organizations and Terms
Preface
Introduction 1
The Human / Nature Relationship
1 The Adirondacks: A Case Study of Land Use Conflict 19
2 Wildlife: From Skins to Kin 30
3 History of Land Use Philosophies in the Adirondacks 54
Woods and Woodspeople
4 The Woods and the People: Tupper Lake Loggers 96
5 Crafters, Trappers, Gatherers, and Guides 120
6 Tree Farmers and Maple Syrup Producers: Architects of the Forest 137
Community and Conflict
7 Reflective Practitioners 158
8 Newcomb's Plan 216
9 Battles and Bridges 228
10 Views of the Forest 254
Epilogue: Fire and Water 279
Appendix National and International Examples of Regional Land Use Planning 281
Bibliography 289
Index 303
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