Submitted to: Rangelands
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: September 1, 2008
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Citation: Havstad, K.M. 2008. Essays of a peripheral mind: Desperately creative acts. Rangelands. 30(5):25-28. Technical Abstract: This article focuses on New Mexico rangelands and some of the more progressive resource management collaborations that are at home in the Land of Enchantment. These examples can be viewed as experiments, and they are experimental in a sense that they may still fail or reform in face of experience. These examples have several common threads, including people strongly linked to rangelands, often unusual or nontraditional alliances, and efforts often scrutinized, if not criticized. They represent collective risks, but risks seen as necessary to advance resource management beyond its current stasis. In fact, to some extent, these can be seen as acts of desperation, where some unseen threshold of necessity had been breached and the need for another management model was required. The people directly involved in these efforts may cringe, if not loudly object, to having their collaboration depicted as desperate. Yet, these creative acts each represent something other than the norm, and required considerable effort to emerge as viable resource management models against the norm. Each developed and emerged in a very different fashion. One came out of the political world, one came out of a chance encounter, and one came out of a rural community of people sitting down and talking. Obviously, experiments like these can precipitate out of many different reactants and crucibles.