Landscape, Community, Countryside: Linking Biophysical and Social Scales in US Corn Belt Agricultural Landscapes

dc.contributor.author Atwell, Ryan
dc.contributor.author Schulte, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Schulte-Moore, Lisa
dc.contributor.author Westphal, Lynne
dc.contributor.department Natural Resource Ecology and Management
dc.date 2018-02-16T12:27:00.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T06:11:49Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T06:11:49Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Understanding the interplay between ecological and social factors across multiple scales is integral to landscape change initiatives in productive agricultural regions such as the rural US Corn Belt. We investigated the cultural context surrounding the use of perennial cover types—such as stream buffers, wetlands, cellulosic bioenergy stocks, and diverse cropping rotations—to restore water quality, biodiversity, and ecosystem function within a Corn Belt agricultural mosaic in Iowa, USA. Through ethnographic techniques and 33 in-depth interviews, we examined what was most important to rural stakeholders about their countryside. We then used photo elicitation to probe how interviewees’ assessments of farm practices involving perennial cover types were related to their sense of place. Our interviewees perceived their rural ‘‘countryside’’ as a linked social and biophysical entity, identifying strongly with the farming lifestyle and with networks of people across</p> <p>the landscape. While most interviewees approved of perennial farm practices on marginal agricultural land, implementation of these practices was neither a priority nor strongly assimilated into rural experience and ethics. We identified three scale boundaries in our interviewees’ perception of place which present key challenges and opportunities for landscape change: landscape-community, individualcommunity, and community-institution. In all cases, community social norms and networks—exhibited at landscape spatial scales—may be instrumental in bridging these boundaries and enabling networks of perennial cover types that span privately owned and operated farms.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is from <em>Landscape Ecology</em> 24 (2009): 791, doi:<a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10980-009-9358-4" target="_blank">10.1007/s10980-009-9358-4</a>.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Agricultural Science
dc.subject.disciplines Biodiversity
dc.subject.disciplines Environmental Monitoring
dc.subject.disciplines Natural Resources and Conservation
dc.subject.disciplines Natural Resources Management and Policy
dc.subject.keywords complexity
dc.subject.keywords Iowa
dc.subject.keywords non-point source pollution
dc.subject.keywords perennial vegetation
dc.subject.keywords restoration
dc.subject.keywords social-ecological systems
dc.subject.keywords water quality
dc.title Landscape, Community, Countryside: Linking Biophysical and Social Scales in US Corn Belt Agricultural Landscapes
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