The promise of wildland fire management: creating economic opportunity for American Indian tribes

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Title: The promise of wildland fire management: creating economic opportunity for American Indian tribes
Author: Rasmussen, Kathleen Frances, 1978-
Abstract: Many rural, formerly resource-dependent communities seek sustainable forms of economic development that produce employment, attract economic activity, and revive community vitality through means other than commodity production of natural resources. Among such communities are American Indian tribes, many of which are rural and depend on their natural and cultural resources for their livelihood (inclusive of spiritual, cultural, and economic health). This study explores how a proactive, community-based approach to wildland fire management can provide tribes with opportunities to pursue economic and cultural development activities. Findings suggest that opportunities exist for employment, small business development, and cultural enhancement projects through wildland fire management. Tribes face several obstacles to pursuing such opportunities including a lack of financial, political, and human capital. Building workforce capacity, forming strategic partnerships, educating tribal leadership, and exercising tribal sovereignty are key to creating economic opportunity through wildland fire management.
Description: 141 p.A print copy of this title is available through the UO Libraries under the call number: KNIGHT E98.E2 R37 2005
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/2313
Date: 2005-06


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