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Placing conflict and collaboration in community forestry (California).


This dissertation is about two efforts to propose and enact management arrangements on sections of national forests in California's Northern Sierra region: The Quincy Library Group (QLG), and the Maidu Cultural and Development Group (MCDG). Both of these organizations have been described as "place-based" meaning that their origins, the collaboration between their members, and the bases of their forest management plans are all grounded in relationship to particular locales. This dissertation explores the dynamics of conflict and collaboration associated with these two place-based efforts. I present a way of seeing place in both spatial (local/non-local) and temporal (past/present/future) dimensions. Seeing place in this way allows me to move beyond the typical accounts of the QLG, as merely the conflict between local and national control of national forests, and the MCDG, as merely the conflict between tradition and modernity in forest management and the reconstitution of the Maidu nation.