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This Is Reality and It's Not Bonanza: Voices from the Restless West

This Is Reality and It's Not Bonanza: Voices from the Restless West, by Jennifer Gilden, Geoffrey Habron, Jennifer Leaver, Amanda McKeraghan, David Primozich, Judith A. Steward. Edited by Courtland L. Smith. 2002. $20.00

Rural people involved with timber, ranching, and riparian restoration speak out about what concerns them. From California, Oregon, Utah, and Washington rural voices in these six studies show remarkable consistency. Rural residents talk about their conservation ethic, moral codes, desire for independence, property rights, concerns about the role of government, and feeling that most people know little about them and their way of life. The first of the six case studies in this volume is Amanda McKeraghan's comparison of the two communities-Selkirk, Washington, and McKenzie Valley, Oregon. Both communities flow along river valleys. McKeraghan shows that when the valley courses into an urban area, the nature of place changes. Jennifer Gilden discusses the Santiam Canyon, a community along the North Santiam River, Oregon. Gilden analyzes the Paul Bunyan stories for their portrayal of gender roles. She describes the roles women have held in timber communities. From timber communities, the focus switches to ranching as Judith Steward explores the ranchers. perspective with her interviews of Lake County, Oregon, and Modoc County, California, ranch families. We learn honesty, hard work, and love of the land are central to ranchers. views. Jennifer Leaver explores perspectives in the two southern Utah communities of Boulder and Escalante. Leaver reports on local ranchers. views of environmentalists, and the alienation ranchers feel when they perceive urbanites trying to control what they can do on their land. Working on riparian issues in Tillamook County, Oregon, David Primozich suggests PLACE mapping as a way to encourage citizens, scientists, and managers to learn about the complexity of riparian issues. Geoffrey Habron looks at three sub-basins of the Umpqua River, Oregon. He finds that rural landowners. values regarding property rights, independence, and government affect their acceptance of scientific recommendations and use of federal funds for watershed restoration

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