Opportunities for Building Social-Ecological Resilience in New Mexico Forest Communities

Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 4:4, 253-269, 2012

18 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2013

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M. Roybal

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Melinda Morgan

Geography & Environmental Studies

Date Written: October 7, 2012

Abstract

The forest lands of northern New Mexico are a contested landscape fraught with conflicts over ownership, resource exploitation and land fraud. Partly in recognition of this, the US Forest Service established the Vallecitos Federal Sustained Yield Act in 1948 under the relatively obscure Sustained Yield Forest Management Act of 1944 to promote the “stability” of rural Hispano communities and the sustained yield of forest products. The Unit, however, has failed to live up to its promise. This paper explores the concept of resilience as a new way of looking at this ongoing conflict and examines its potential to support future policies for management of the Unit and other public lands.

Keywords: resilience, social-ecological systems, Vallecitos Federal Sustained Yield Act, forest management

Suggested Citation

Roybal, M. and Morgan, Melinda, Opportunities for Building Social-Ecological Resilience in New Mexico Forest Communities (October 7, 2012). Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 4:4, 253-269, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213486

M. Roybal

University of New Mexico - Department of Geography

Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

Melinda Morgan (Contact Author)

Geography & Environmental Studies

Albuquerque, NM 87131-1221
United States

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