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Condos in the Woods
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Scenic rural communities across the nation and around the world have been transformed as they have shifted away from extractive industries such as agriculture, mining, and forestry and toward recreation-based development relying on tourism, vacation homes, and retirees. These communities have built new economies and identities based on local natural resources and are highly dependent on the natural environment. With these changes have come new questions: Do retirees and seasonal residents fit into their new surroundings? Do longtime and new residents share the same values and visions for the future? Do diverse community members disagree about how to manage their forest and water resources?
    Condos in the Woods explores how these issues are reshaping community structure, employment, and inhabitants’ attitudes toward their environment in the Northwoods. Looking at trends from the 1970s to the present, this work moves from the national scale to the Pine Barrens region in northwestern Wisconsin and examines the approaches of residents to the management of their natural resources. At the heart of this story, the authors find that despite the diverse makeup of such communities, residents share many common goals and values and display more successful integration than previously expected.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-8
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  1. Chapter 1: Rural People and the Land
  2. pp. 9-27
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  1. Chapter 2: The Pathway to Change and Settlement in the Pine Barrens
  2. pp. 28-42
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  1. Chapter 3: A National Perspective on the Reinvention of Rural Areas
  2. pp. 43-55
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  1. Chapter 4: The Regional Context of Reinvention of a Rural Area
  2. pp. 56-66
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  1. Chapter 5: Community Attachment
  2. pp. 67-84
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  1. Chapter 6: Local Social Ties and Community Participation
  2. pp. 85-101
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  1. Chapter 7: Resource Management and Land-Use Planning
  2. pp. 102-120
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  1. Chapter 8: Patterns on the Land
  2. pp. 121-130
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  1. Appendix A: Chapter 5 Statistics
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. Appendix B: Chapter 6 Statistics
  2. pp. 135-142
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  1. Appendix C: Survey Methodology
  2. pp. 143-150
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 167-182
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