Citizen's primer for conservation activism: how to fight development in your community

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University of Texas Press, Oct 1, 2004 - Business & Economics - 167 pages
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Is there anything you can do when development threatens your local forest, beach, prairie, or wetland? Yes, there is. Across America, citizen activists are fighting and winning battles against unwanted development in their own communities. To help you resist the urban sprawl and absentee landowners that can wreck small towns and cities alike, this book is a practical, hands-on guide for building a grassroots campaign to defeat undesirable development.

Written by a successful activist, Citizen's Primer for Conservation Activism takes you through all the steps necessary to stop unplanned development in your community:

  • Identifying the issues at stake
  • Getting involved and developing leadership
  • Devising a strategy
  • Hiring and working with legal counsel
  • Building coalitions and partnerships
  • Influencing local government
  • Conducting a media campaign
  • Raising money
  • Countering developer tactics
  • Managing the whole process

With the proven strategies in this easy-to-access book, you can quickly gear up to challenge unwanted development and preserve the character of your local community.

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About the author (2004)

Judith Perlman has led several successful campaigns to defeat development around her home in Wisconsin. After a career in law and business in Chicago, she is working on innovative conservation projects that preserve important natural resources by putting housing near, but not on, the resource.

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