Condos in the Woods: The Growth of Seasonal and Retirement Homes in Northern Wisconsin

Condos in the Woods: The Growth of Seasonal and Retirement Homes in Northern Wisconsin

Paperback Wisconsin Land and Life (Paperback)

By (author) Rebecca L. Schewe, By (author) Donald R. Field, By (author) Deborah J. Frosch, By (author) Gregory Clendenning, By (author) Dana Jensen

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  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 149mm x 214mm x 19mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
  • ISBN 10: 0299285340
  • ISBN 13: 9780299285340

Product description

Scenic rural communities across the nation and around the world have been transformed as they have shifted away from extractive industries such as agriculture, mining, and forestry and toward recreation-based development relying on tourism, vacation homes, and retirees. These communities have built new economies and identities based on local natural resources and are highly dependent on the natural environment. With these changes have come new questions: Do retirees and seasonal residents fit into their new surroundings? Do longtime and new residents share the same values and visions for the future? Do diverse community members disagree about how to manage their forest and water resources? "Condos in the Woods" explores how these issues are reshaping community structure, employment, and inhabitants' attitudes toward their environment in the Northwoods. Looking at trends from the 1970s to the present, this work moves from the national scale to the Pine Barrens region in northwestern Wisconsin and examines the approaches of residents to the management of their natural resources. At the heart of this story, the authors find that despite the diverse makeup of such communities, residents share many common goals and values and display more successful integration than previously expected.

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Author information

Rebecca L. Schewe is assistant professor of sociology at Mississippi State University. Donald R. Field is professor of forest and wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Deborah J. Frosch is an environmental specialist at Alliant Energy. Gregory Clendenning is senior project manager at NMR Group, Inc. Dana Jensen is a private consultant specializing in long-range community and land use planning and regional economic positioning.

Review quote

"Sensitive to the historical development of the Pine Barrens and its similarities and differences with similar places in the early twenty-first century--first and foremost, this book is a work about "people.""--Robert Gough, author of "Farming the Cutover: A Social History of Northern Wisconsin, 1900-1940"