Stitching the West Back Together: Chapter 2 Status and Trends of Western Working Landscapes


Nathan Sayre, Susan Charnley, Thomas Sheridan


American West, biodiversity, economy, forestry, grazing, ranching, rangelands, timber production, working landscapes


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 2 highlights recent trends in western working forests and rangelands, including a discussion of the history of timber production and grazing. How land and resources are used has important implication for the people who make their living off the land. Changes in usage and protection can change the type of jobs and economy supported in those locations.

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