Citizen-Science and the Forest Commons: A Case Study of Knowledge Exchange among Trappers and Wildlife Biologists in West Virginia

Mary Hufford (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network)

On the edges of Central Appalachian landscapes dominated by large-scale forest-based industries and preserves are signs of an enduring formation of household forest provisioning. Embedded within vernacular practices and theories of commons, and constrained by state regulations and particular industrial histories, is a provisioning system that remains largely unrecognized. My ethnographic case study explores this system’s interactions with state programs of scientific management. How do fur-trappers, root diggers, hunters, educators, and non-timber forest product aggregators engage state scientists in articulating the management of commonable natural resources with goals and objectives of community well-being?

Part of 03-02 Environmentalisms from the Bottom Up: Knowledge Exchange in Appalachian Contexts, Thursday, October 13, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm