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Ecological writers and thinkers Allen Van Newkirk, Peter Berg, Jim Dodge, Raymond Dasmann, and Gary Snyder developed the concept of bioregionalism in the mid–1970s. It is a framework for the organization of society, based on the idea of an ecological area or “bioregion” defined by a local pattern of ecological and social characteristics, rather than static political boundaries. In the words of Peter Berg, bioregionalism is both a geographic terrain or place, and a terrain of consciousness, a way of thinking about how local communities can produce a sustainable future. Bioregionalism research looks specifically at the experiences of local social and ecological organization based on an understanding of community and shared identity as embedded in local ecology, geography, history, and social and cultural context.

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