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Title: Small rural communities in the inland Northwest: an assessment of small communities in the interior and upper Columbia River basins.

Author: Harris, Charles C.; McLaughlin, William; Brown, Greg; Becker, Dennis R.;

Date: 2000

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-477. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 120 p. (Quigley, Thomas M., ed.; Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project: scientific assessment)

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: An assessment of small rural communities in the interior and upper Columbia River basin was conducted for the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project (ICBEMP). The characteristics and conditions of the rural communities in this region, which are complex and constantly changing, were examined. The research also assessed the resilience of the region’s communities, which was defined as a community’s ability to respond and adapt to change in the most positive, constructive ways possible for mitigating the impacts of change on the community. The study found that a town’s population size, autonomy, economic diversity, quality of life, and experience with change were all factors related to the town’s resiliency and the extent to which it was changing and preparing for change.

Keywords: Rural communities, forest communities, resource dependence, community assessment, ecosystem assessment, social impact assessment, resiliency, Columbia basin

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Harris, Charles C.; McLaughlin, William; Brown, Greg; Becker, Dennis R. 2000. Small rural communities in the inland Northwest: an assessment of small communities in the interior and upper Columbia River basins. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-477. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 120 p. (Quigley, Thomas M., ed.; Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project: scientific assessment)

 


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