Stitching the West Back Together: Chapter 1 A Brief History of People and Policy in the West


Nathan Sayre, Thomas Sheridan


American West, biodiversity, conservation, forestry, land use policy, private land, public land, ranching, tribal land


University of Chicago Press Books

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Policy Summary

This book contends that sustainable working landscapes are critical to the conservation of biodiversity in the American West and the cultures of rural ranching and forestry that depend on them. Chapter 1 provides the historical context for how the West became the patchwork of private, tribal, and public lands that exist today. American land-use policy often promoted contradictions that pitted different interests against each other, however the modern conservation movement is trying to bring different stakeholders to consensus on how the land should be managed.

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