Rural communities in the inland Northwest: An assessment of small communities in the interior and upper Columbia River basins

C. C. Harris, W. McLaughlin, G. Brown, D. R. Becker

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Abstract

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 regions 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-120
Number of pages120
JournalUSDA Forest Service - General Technical Report PNW
Issue numberPNW-GTR-477
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000

Keywords

  • Columbia basin
  • Community assessment
  • Forest communities
  • Resiliency
  • Resource dependence
  • Rural communites
  • Social impact assessment
  • ecosystem assessment

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