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Evaluating alternative development strategies [ Tech Note No. 4 (HTML, 22k) ]

by K. Blatner, T. Hanrahan, and M. Carroll

The forest health problems of the Blue Mountains are stressing the social and economic fabric of the communities located in the region. Any significant changes in harvest levels, method of harvest, or loss of amenity values due to forest health have a direct impact on the economic viability of the local communities. These changes, and the resulting economic implications, necessitate taking a closer look at future economic development opportunities for the Blue Mountains region.

Wilkinson (1991) predicts that the shift of the national economy away from a manufacturing base to a service base will provide more opportunities for revitalization of the rural community job base. Through such a shift, ties to the outside are nourished and arc not perceived as onerous. To catalyze this type of development several courses of intervention must be addressed: the securing of jobs and income, the support of services and infrastructure, alleviating inequalities in wages, and nurturing of local leadership. This change can be instigated from outside the community, but must be supported and nurtured by those inside the community. The future community simply cannot be independent; rather it must learn how to nurture linkages to urban areas and subregions. Building these relationships is critical to the future economic opportunities of the Blue Mountains region. Communities need to develop the skills needed to carefully evaluate alternative economic development strategies.

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