Practicing a New Natureculture of Hope for Multifunctional Great Plains Rangelands

Wilmer, Hailey, Porensky, Lauren M., Derner, Justin D., Augustine, David J., Fernández-Giménez, María E., Ritten, John P., Briske, David D. and Peck, Dannele E. (2019) Practicing a New Natureculture of Hope for Multifunctional Great Plains Rangelands. In: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium "Forward Together: A Culture-Nature Journey Towards More Effective Conservation in a Changing World", November 13-14, 2018, San Francisco, California. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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PART 1. ADOPTING A LANDSCAPE APPROACH - Taking a Landscape Approach to Integrating Nature and Culture /// In the US Great Plains, multigenerational ranching livelihoods and grassland biodiversity are threatened by dynamic and uncertain climatic, economic, and land use processes. Working apart, agricultural and conservation communities face doubtful prospects of reaching their individual goals for multispecies sustainability. This study documents the journey of a group of public lands managers, conservationists, ranchers and researchers re-imagining and practicing a different future for the rangelands of the US Western Great Plains. Formed in 2012, the team manages an experimental cattle ranch on the shortgrass steppe (the Central Plains Experimental Range in Nunn, Colorado) via collaborative adaptive rangeland management (CARM). We examine the processes used for a series of meetings to revise management objectives (2016-2018). We do so through the lens of the natureculture concept. In the early days of CARM, the team established locally-relevant multifunctional goals and objectives. Revisions to these objectives reveal changes in the team’s conceptual understanding and related practice of rangeland management. We describe and discuss these changes as the beginnings of a new natureculture, based on a sense of place and grounded in hope, emerging from CARM. We consider how these insights can inform broader efforts to create better conservation outcomes within the project and beyond.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Wilmer, Hailey
Porensky, Lauren M.
Derner, Justin D.
Augustine, David J.
Fernández-Giménez, María E.
Ritten, John P.
Briske, David D.
Peck, Dannele E.
Languages: English
Keywords: Cultural landscapes; natural landscapes; agriculture; pastoralism; conservation of cultural landscapes; rural landscapes; steppes; management; nature culture integration; local communities; interdisciplinarity; sustainability; sustainable development; methodology; collaborative adaptive management; grassland bird conservation; sense of place; intangible heritage; ecological aspects; USA
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 06. Cultural Landscapes
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 02. Agricultural heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 06. Cultural landscapes
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 06. Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Central Plains Experimental Range in Nunn, Colorado, USA
National Committee: United States of America
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2018 US/ICOMOS Symposium
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 10:58
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2020 10:58
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