Valuing Landscapes

  • Kimberly K. Smith
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Part of the AESS Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Sciences Series book series (AESS)

Abstract

Land management invorelves weighing the ecological, aesthetic, scientific, historical, economic, and other kinds of value the landscape holds for a community. In other words, it involves interpreting the meaning of the landscape. This chapter explores the ethical dimension of interpreting the landscape. It then focuses on two important sources of interpretive conflict: the meaning and value of wilderness (and the related concept of biodiversity) and the role of ecological knowledge in judging the aesthetic value of a landscape. It concludes by considering how interpreting the landscape may relate to social justice.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kimberly K. Smith
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  1. 1.Carleton CollegeNorthfieldUSA

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