Property Lines and Forested Landscapes: Collective Action for Watershed Management Planning

EPA Grant Number: U915190
Title: Property Lines and Forested Landscapes: Collective Action for Watershed Management Planning
Investigators: Waage, Sissel A.
Institution: University of California - Berkeley
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: July 1, 1997 through August 1, 2000
Project Amount: $102,000
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (1997) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Fellowship - Sociology , Academic Fellowships , Environmental Justice


The objective of this research project is to examine two questions:

1. Why, and under what conditions, do private land owners and public land users initiate collective action for watershed management planning?

2. How does collective action for watershed management challenge decisionmaking processes and affect resource use?


Using a political ecology analytical approach, I am conducting sociological, economic, and ecological research to examine how individual and collective resource management decisions are shaped by local, regional, and global socioeconomic relations over time. This approach intertwines analyses of individual resource users' decisionmaking processes with assessments of historical resource use, local ecological conditions, and the regional political economy. Focusing on resource users and local politics is essential to understanding the basis of group dynamics and community differentiation. Analyses of ecological conditions and regional economic trends contextualizes the decisions of individuals. Finally, historical research provides a framework to understand the origins of contemporary conflicts.

Supplemental Keywords:

fellowship, watershed management planning, collaborative planning, collective action, decision making., RFA, Economic, Social, & Behavioral Science Research Program, Scientific Discipline, Water, POLLUTION PREVENTION, Water & Watershed, sustainable development, decision-making, Ecology and Ecosystems, Social Science, Watersheds, Economics & Decision Making, coalition formation, alternative urbanization scenarios, policy making, watershed, collaborative resolution, collective choice process, community-based research, decision making, advocacy coalition framework, landowner behavior, socioeconomics, forest reources, community based environmental planning, watershed sustainablility, community partnerships, forested wetlands, forested watershed, political ecology

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • Final