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Abstract: Powerful changes to northern New England's land tenure and economic base have resulted in a shared struggle among local communities to exercise control over their natural resource assets. This study explores the Community Forest Model as one viable response to this struggle, investigating two different ownership approaches in order to develop a deeper understanding of the power, potential, ... read moreand limitations of community control. Through interviews with local practitioners and residents, the cases tell the story of community forest ownership and governance. Emergent themes reveal that ownership entities are exercising control through legal property rights, accessible decision-making structures, and mobilized communities. Key findings also demonstrate the potential for community forest projects to alter power dynamics in how land is managed and valued, helping to build local capacity and agency, while also addressing threats to land security in natural resource-based communities.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2015.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Penn Loh.
Committee: Jon Witten.
Keywords: Land use planning, and Natural resource management.read less