Pinel Gives Presentation on Asset-Based Rural Development

Sunday, August 15 2010

Sandra Pinel, assistant professor of conservation social sciences and bioregional planning, recently gave a presentation on asset–based rural development strategies to the Clearwater Basin Collaborative. The collaborative is a cooperative advisory-making body working for consensus relating to conservation and development priorities with the U.S. Forest Service and federal land managers in the Clearwater Basin. Using the example of the asset mapping students completed last year with the Valley Adams Planning Partnership, Pinel discussed how an inventory and map of cultural, natural, recreational and artistic assets as well as existing small entrepreneurs can be used to help people understand how those assets can be the foundation of an economic development strategy. “This approach is important because it can help conserve amenities that are increasingly important to competitive regions,” says Pinel. “Asset-mapping also may help the CBC communicate to the public how conservation or federal designations such as Wild and Scenic Rivers could have economic benefits.” The University’s partnership with CBC also involves the Extension Horizons program. An example of regional benefits of the partnership includes the work of summer intern Monica Walker, who assisted the CBC’s Economic Development Committee investigate how to convert a rail corridor leading east of Orofino into a bike trail that could link to other recreational trails planned. More on the CBC can be found at