Common Ground: The Struggle for Ownership of the Black Hills National Forest
This fascinating study of the role property rights play in preserving natural resources traces the changing uses of the Black Hills National Forest, from its beginnings in 1898 to the present day. Geores argues that, contrary to widely-held notions, local management of property does not lead inevitably to the degradation of resources. Rather, the Black Hills National Forest has flourished as a multiple-use environment when local people have actively helped manage it instead of leaving its care to the Forest Service.
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The Black Hills National Forest Is More Than Trees
Controversy over the Public Domain
Sustainable Use of National Forests
How Can a National Forest Be a Common Property Resource?
What Is a Common Property Resource?
The Process of Defining a Common Property Resource
The Black Hills
Why Study the Black Hills National Forest?
Ranchers and Stockmen as Part of the Community
Exclusions from the Forest Community
The Sustainable Management Scheme
Summary of the Period
Dissolution of the Common Property Scheme
The Role of the Timber Sector
The Role of the Grazing Sector
The Role of the Mining Sector
How Does One Demonstrate Ownership of a US National Forest as a Common Property Resource?
Structure of the Book
The Early Years in the Black Hills
The Discovery of a Potential Resource by EuroAmericans
Creation of an OpenAccess Gold Mine1875 to 1897
Creating the Forest Reserve
Gaining Public Support for the National Forest
Asserting Control through Regulation of Activity
Protecting Land by Fencing
Results of the Definition Change
The Simple Common Property Resource Period 1905 to 1919
Redefining the Black Hills National Forest as a Resource
Creating the Forest Community
Sorting Out Illegal Forest Homesteaders
Miners as Part of the Community
Timber Users as Part of the Community
The Role of the Recreation Sector
The Addition of Monuments Marking Contested Space
Changes in this NonCommon Property Period
Reconstructing a Forest Community
The State of the Forest in the Late 1960s
Redefining Multiple Use
The Role of Timber in the Redefinition
The Role of Mining in the Redefinition
The Role of Roads in the Redefinition
The New Forest Community
Thoughts about the Period from the Late 1960s to 1985
Life under the Forest Plan19851993
How Would National Forests Gain by Using a Common Property Framework?
The Benefits of the Common Property Framework for All National Forests
About the Author
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