New West and Old West: Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Natural Resource Uses and Management

  • Richard S. Krannich
  • A. E. Luloff
  • Donald R. Field
Chapter
Part of the Landscape Series book series (LAEC, volume 14)

Abstract

The social, economic, and cultural conditions that characterize rural areas of the American West have traditionally been closely linked to the region’s extensive public lands and abundant natural resources. Even though the resource-based extraction and commodity-production industries that once drove local and regional economies across the West have, in recent decades, given way to a far more diversified array of economic activities, individual as well as collective identities linked to traditional resource-based economies remain deeply rooted in many western locales. Frequent reference by local residents to the places they live as “ranching communities,” “mining communities,” “logging communities,” and similar descriptions provides clear evidence about the continued importance of socioeconomic structures and cultural traditions that in various ways reflect strong connections to the availability and use of land-based natural resources throughout the region.

Keywords

Livestock Grazing Public Land Wilderness Area Multiple Classification Analysis Unadjusted Deviation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard S. Krannich
    • 1
  • A. E. Luloff
    • 2
  • Donald R. Field
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Social Work & AnthropologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural Economics & Rural SociologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Forest & Wildlife EcologyUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA

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