Contents: -- 1: The Emergence of Place-Based Conservation -- Part I: Conceptual Issues of Place-Based Conservation -- 2: Science, Practice and Place -- 3: Conservation That Connects Multiple Scales of Place -- 4: Organizational Cultures and Place-Based Conservation -- 5: Community, Place, and Conservation -- Part II: Experiencing Place -- 6: Sensing Value in Place -- 7: Place Meanings as Lived Experience -- 8: Personal Experience and Public Place Creation -- 9: Volunteer Meanings in the Making of Place -- Part III: Representing Place -- 10: Integrating Divergent Representations of Place into Decision Contexts -- 11: Sharing Stories of Place to Foster Social Learning -- 12: Rural Property, Collective Action, and Place-Based Conservation -- 13: Whose Sense of Place? A Political Ecology of Amenity Development -- Part IV: Mapping Place -- 14: Participatory Place Mapping in Fire Planning -- 15: Participatory Mapping of Place Values in Northwestern Ontario -- 16: Place Mapping to Protect Cultural Landscapes on Tribal Lands -- 17: Place Attachment for Wildland Recreation Planning -- 18: From Describing to Prescribing: Transitioning to Place-Based Conservation -- Index. The concept of "Place" has become prominent in natural resource management, as professionals increasingly recognize the importance of scale, place-specific meanings, local knowledge, and social-ecological dynamics. Place-Based Conservation: Perspectives from the Social Sciences offers a thorough examination of the topic, dividing its exploration into four broad areas. Part One, Conceptual Issues of Place-Based Conservation, distinguishes and clarifies social science approaches. Part Two, Experiencing Place, probes the sources and effects of deeply individual relationships that people develop with places and landscapes. The third part, Representing Place, explores the ways in which human relationships with places are represented, become more visible and public and are transformed by conservation practices. The final section, Mapping Place, illustrates emerging techniques that connect meanings and sentiments to the material and locational characteristics of places. Place-Based Conservation provides a comprehensive resource for researchers and practitioners to help build the conceptual grounding necessary to understand and to effectively practice place-based conservation.