Nature State: Incentivized Forests in Southern Ontario
Smachylo, Julia Claire
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CitationSmachylo, Julia Claire. 2021. Nature State: Incentivized Forests in Southern Ontario. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
AbstractNature State: Incentivized Forests in Southern Ontario investigates the rapid growth of
voluntary private land conservation efforts in suburban and rural Ontario, focusing on the
rise of incentivized management from the mid-1990s until present day. Using a mixed methods
approach the study combines semi-structured interviews, archival research,
and GIS analysis with case studies in southern Ontario. This research considers the coevolution
of new taxation schemes for conservation, devolved governance, and privatized
approaches to owning land and resources. In particular, this work examines the growing
use of programs such as the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program in order to manage
environmental change and biodiversity of forested lands within an extended urban fabric.
Incentivized environmental management raises important questions about the growing
interdependence between suburban land conservation and urban housing affordability, the
changing scales of stewardship, and the increasing role of finance in land conservation.
My findings reveal the development of new actor assemblages and knowledge geographies
that have come about due to the transfer of forest management activities from the state to
landowners, the new spatialities of protected areas and their land use dynamics, as well as
the integrated role of civil society and stewardship in addressing urban climate futures.
Committee: Neil Brenner, Charles Waldheim, Sonja Dümpelmann
Citable link to this pagehttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37369522