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Stitching the West Back Together: Conservation of Working Landscapes

Susan Charnley, Thomas E. Sheridan, and Gary P. Nabhan


Contradictory land management policies dating to the mid-19th century resulted in today’s patchwork of public, private, and tribal land ownership and land use in the American West. Such boundaries create challenges for maintaining undeveloped, ecologically healthy working landscapes such as forests and ranchlands. Resource agencies, people who make their living off the land, environmentalists, developers, and recreationists frequently find themselves at odds over land-management decisions. However a movement toward collaborative conservation has resulted in communities working together to find ... More

Keywords: working landscapes, ranchlands, forest lands, collaborative conservation, conservation easements, estate tax, payment for ecosystem services, biodiversity, American West

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226165684
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226165851.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Charnley, editor

Thomas E. Sheridan, editor

Gary P. Nabhan, editor

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1 A Brief History of People and Policy in the West

Thomas E. Sheridan and Nathan F. Sayre

2 Status and Trends of Western Working Landscapes

Susan Charnley, Thomas E. Sheridan, and Nathan F. Sayre

3 The Biodiversity That Protected Areas Can’t Capture

Gary P. Nabhan, Richard L. Knight, and Susan Charnley

4 Beyond “Stakeholders”and The Zero-Sum Game

Thomas E. Sheridan, Nathan F. Sayre, and David Seibert

5 The Quivira Experience

Courtney White

Spotlight 5.1 Grass-Fed and Grass-Finished Livestock Production

Gary P. Nabhan, Carrie Balkcom, and Amanda D. Webb

6 Place-Based Conservation Finds Its Voice

Maia Enzer and Martin Goebel

7 Swan Story

Melanie Parker

9 Stewardship Contracting in the Siuslaw National Forest

Shiloh Sundstrom and Johnny Sundstrom

10 Lava Lake Land & Livestock

Michael S. Stevens

10.1 Country NaturaL Beef

Susan Charnley and Sophia Polasky

11 Conservation And Development at Sun Ranch

Roger Lang, William H. Durham, and Josh Spitzer

Spotlight 13.1 Ranching and The “Death Tax”

Thomas E. Sheridan, Andrew Reeves, and Susan Charnley

14 Payments for Ecosystem Services

Gary P. Nabhan, Laura López-Hoffman, Hannah Gosnell, Josh Goldstein, Richard Knight, Carrie Presnall, Lauren Gwin, Dawn Thilmany, and Susan Charnley

Conclusions and Policy Implications

Thomas E. Sheridan, Gary P. Nabhan, and Susan Charnley