Community-Engaged Research Builds a Nature-Culture of Hope on North American Great Plains Rangelands
AbstractIn the North American Great Plains, multigenerational ranches and grassland biodiversity are threatened by dynamic and uncertain climatic, economic, and land use processes. Working apart, agricultural and conservation communities face doubtful prospects of reaching their individual goals of sustainability. Rangeland research could serve a convening platform, but experimental studies seldom involve local manager communities. The Collaborative Adaptive Rangeland Management (CARM) project, however, has undertaken a ten-year, ranch-level, participatory research effort to explore how community-engaged research can increase our understanding of conservation and ranching goals. Using ethnographic data and the nature-culture concept—which recognizes the inseparability of ecological relationships that are shaped by both biological and social processes—we examine the CARM team’s process of revising their management objectives (2016–2018). In CARM’s early days, the team established locally-relevant multifunctional goals and objectives. As team members’ understanding of the ecosystem improved, they revised objectives using more spatially, temporally and ecologically specific information. During the revision process, they challenged conventional ecological theories and grappled with barriers to success outside of their control. The emerging CARM nature-culture, based on a sense of place and grounded in hope, provides insights into effective community-engaged research to enhance rangeland livelihood and conservation outcomes. View Full-Text
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Wilmer, H.; Porensky, L.M.; Fernández-Giménez, M.E.; Derner, J.D.; Augustine, D.J.; Ritten, J.P.; Peck, D.P. Community-Engaged Research Builds a Nature-Culture of Hope on North American Great Plains Rangelands. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 22.
Wilmer H, Porensky LM, Fernández-Giménez ME, Derner JD, Augustine DJ, Ritten JP, Peck DP. Community-Engaged Research Builds a Nature-Culture of Hope on North American Great Plains Rangelands. Social Sciences. 2019; 8(1):22.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wilmer, Hailey; Porensky, Lauren M.; Fernández-Giménez, María E.; Derner, Justin D.; Augustine, David J.; Ritten, John P.; Peck, Dannele P. 2019. "Community-Engaged Research Builds a Nature-Culture of Hope on North American Great Plains Rangelands." Soc. Sci. 8, no. 1: 22.
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