Alice M McSweeney
Social Science Analyst
333 Broadway SE, Suite 115
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact Alice M McSweeney
I am involved in an ongoing study of the sociocultural and economic roles and importance of ranching among grazing permittees on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests. I collect data by means of personal interviews and a questionnaire. Results of this study will help Forest Service to understand the importance of ranching in rural Hispanic cultures and to improve Forest Service relations with communities and individuals. I also collect data on public knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and practices related to fire use and fuels management in Southwestern ecosystems. I examine factors contributing to successful public involvement approaches for fire and fuel management planning.
My research interests have been primarily centered around family-run ranch operations and how they relate to the environment, community, and family. The study of land-based peoples in the context of sense of place is of particular interest. Related interests include topics of plant toxicology, range grasses and plants, wildlife, and forest ecology.
The research is important as a means of bridging the divide between competing land uses and encouraging communication. It allows the voices of the rural ranchers to be heard and provides an opportunity for them to share their experience and knowledge . This research will be used to assist agency land managers in the administration of forest lands with increased effectiveness by promoting greater cultural understanding of the local ranching community. It will also serve as an educational tool for the public. Providing this information to the public encourages understanding of the importance of agriculture and the rural way of life to maintaining heritage, tradition, and open space in the region. Preservation of the land, therefore preservation of open space, is seen as of paramount importance to the ranchers.
Why This Research is Important
1. Two GTRs (one in press) and two journal papers on the social, cultural, and economic aspects of livestock ranching on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests.2. Invited symposium presentation and journal article on Land Grants and the Forest Service in New Mexico. 3. Presentation and paper on The Importance of High Elevation Grasslands as a Crucial Resource to Ranchers of Northern New Mexico at the XX International Grassland Congress in Dublin, Ireland.
- New Mexico State University, BS Agriculture, 1990
- New Mexico State University, MS Range Science, 1995
Featured Publications & Products
- Raish, Carol; McSweeney, Alice M. 2011. Land grants of New Mexico and the United States Forest Service.
- Raish, Carol; McSweeney, Alice M. 2008. Traditional ranching heritage and cultural continuity in the southwestern United States.
- Raish, Carol; McSweeney, Alice M. 2008. Land grants and the U.S. Forest Service.
- Raish, Carol; McSweeney, Alice M. 2003. Economic, social, and cultural aspects of livestock ranching on the Española and Canjilon Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests: a pilot study.
Publications & Products
- McSweeney, Alice M. 2013. Recreation use on federal lands in southern Nevada [Chapter 10].
- McSweeney, Alice M. 2013. Recreation use on federal lands in southern Nevada [Chapter 10] (Executive Summary).
- McSweeney, Alice M.; Raish, Carol. 2012. Social, cultural, and economic aspects of livestock ranching on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests.