Community-based conservation encompasses a diverse and growing set of integrative, place-based and collaborative approaches to protecting and sustainably using natural resources to achieve social and environmental goals. Its importance to both ecosystem health and local livelihoods has been growing and evolving in the Global North and South. This advanced, service-learning course combines social science theory, empirical evidence and field practice related to community-based management of forests and wildlife. We will visit a several community initiatives in VT and explore international examples through case studies. Some of the questions we grapple with include: How can cash-strapped communities conserve and care for the places that are important to them?; How do communities, businesses, nonprofits and government agencies collaborate to manage common pool resources in ways that promote social and ecological well-being?; What challenges and opportunities arise in working across ecological and institutional scales?; How might community-based approaches address or exacerbate inequality? Classes typically meet during the 12-3:30 pm time slots, and the 3:30-5:30 pm period will only be used on field lab days. Approximately three to five field labs will explore community-based conservation close to home. There will also be one, required, full day trip on a Saturday in October. Service learning will be integrated into several of the field labs, and students will complete an SL term project. Cross-listed with: NR 285 C and FOR 295 C.
Social Science (SS)
Minimum junior standing