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ENVISION Fact Sheet: Social learning about protected areas in the Denali Region of Alaska (US)

Van Riper, Carena; Stewart, William; Andrade, Riley; Johnson, Dana; Salcido, Evan; Goodson, Devon; Colliani, Ruth; Johnson, Erik; Craver, Amy; Keller, Rose; Battioni, Barbara; Arroyo Schnell, Alberto; Reynolds, David

The ENVISION project team in the Denali region is working with local communities to develop a shared understanding of visions for the future of protected areas in Interior Alaska. Public land management agencies in the US have traditionally focused most attention on understanding and enhancing visitor experiences, as well as working within the boundaries of individual protected areas.

However, agencies are increasingly recognizing the importance of landscape scale conservation and engagement with adjacent stakeholders. The diversity of interest groups in local communities and contested histories of resource management create challenging contexts for in-depth engagement with residents from local to regional scales. Therefore, this project advances a process of “inclusive conservation” that involves proactive engagement and explicit consideration of the array of goals expressed by local communities. This fact sheet focuses special attention on social learning about protected areas as a process that enables residents to collectively define their futures and shift their values in response to deliberation.

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