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Sustainable Harvests? Rural Development and Conservation in the Wests Forest Landscapes

  • 3/4/2013 | 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • Location: Moulton Union, Main Lounge
  • Event Type: Lecture

Sustainable Harvests? Rural Development and Conservation in the Wests Forest LandscapesWith Maine's vast tracts of corporate and recently-divested forest lands, and with its many struggling timber-dependent communities, our state shares more in common with large Western states than with the rest of New England.

Kathryn DeMaster and Melanie Parker will draw parallels and contrasts between the cultural and economic landscapes of Maine's forested northern rim and the American West, both of which have been shaped by large absentee landowners. In light of Maine's on-going dialogue over development of Plum Creek lands in the Moosehead Lake region, these issues resonate locally.

Kathryn DeMaster's work centers on sustainable agriculture and rural development. She is an Assistant Professor of Agriculture, Society and Food Security at UC Berkeley. Melanie Parker is a charismatic and outspoken national leader in conservation-oriented sustainable rural development. In 2007 in her home state of Montana, Parker helped broker the nation's largest land conservation deal to date, protecting over 310,000 acres under unique conservation easements. She is the Founder and Executive Director of
Northwest Connections.

Together, DeMaster and Parker are investigating opportunities for resilient multifunctional rural development in Montana's Swan Valley.