Disassembling and reassembling socionatural networks

Integrated natural resource management in the Great Bear Rainforest

Authored by: Justin Page

Routledge International Handbook of Social and Environmental Change

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782791
eBook ISBN: 9780203814550
Adobe ISBN: 9781136707995

10.4324/9780203814550.ch25

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Abstract

In the late nineteenth century, John Muir – founder of the Sierra Club, the first environmental organization in the USA – battled to establish California’s Yosemite Valley as the first parkland set aside for preservation and public use in the USA. Muir’s tireless work to protect the valley’s ‘holy temples’ from economic development set the standard for the contemporary environmental movement which, similar to its predecessors in the 1960s and 1970s, worked to protect natural areas by excluding people. By the end of the twentieth century, however, protected areas – and the assumptions that underpin them – came under increasing scrutiny from both within and without the environmental movement.

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