Collaboration and Competition: Natural Resource Policies and the Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia River Gorge runs from the mouths of the Deschutes River to the Sandy River spanning two states, six counties, and thirteen cities and towns. The Gorge is filled with unparalleled geological, scenic, recreational, floral, faunal, historical and cultural treasures. For almost a century, federal, state and local entities have attempted to balance the protection of these resources with efforts to leverage them for sustained economic growth. Using a combination of lectures, readings, reflective writings, fieldtrips and projects, we will explore the Columbia River Gorge to increase our understanding of how ecological, socio-economic, and geopolitical/legal forces interact to alter ecosystems, affect people's sense of well-being, and influence the sustainability of the life-support systems on Earth. Questions we will explore are: How do we effectively and equitably manage the Gorge’s resources? Are the legal entities charged with protecting the Gorge effectively managing and balancing competing interests? How have the natural resources of the Gorge been impacted by human endeavors?
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