Massive social-ecological disturbance and disasters have struck the United States within recent years. In 2017 alone, the country dealt with devastation, destruction, and displacement from three major hurricanes, a nearly unprecedented wildfire season, and senseless acts of violence and terrorism. The scope and scale of these disasters requires appropriate, large-scale coordinated emergency response and recovery efforts. Many of our colleagues have expressed, through their experiences in this book, that there is a need to acknowledge that longer-term mitigation and adaptation are critical to building long-term resilience. Both research and practice demonstrate that natural resource stewardship activities can play a role in helping communities to recover, heal, and become more resilient. The role of community-based stewardship of natural resources in helping to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disturbances is already well-known to some communities—such as those recovering from tornado damage in Joplin, MO, and communities rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in New York City. The goal of this book is to build a compendium of case studies and perspectives that provide examples of communities that have both rebuilt and created capacity over time through innovative partnerships centered on community-based stewardship of natural resources. It has been our privilege to learn from the many authors in this book.
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