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Image: Stéphane Lavoie. Red Deer River Valley. Drumheller, AB

firmly embedded in governance, and can be a central place to coordinate various initiatives on planning and branding, to work on synergies and safeguard the quality environment which embodies value and stability.

Continuing the Alberta beef example, one can imagine that landscape studies help identify which areas can benefit most from such a regional branding strategy. Landscape studies can further identify which combination of land uses is possible in a given region, which degree of intensive agricultural or other development leaves room for a “prairie experience”, for appreciating real connections between agriculture, good food, and traditional landscapes. These questions are a matter of design and planning, of separating and designing uses for space and, to a large extent, of preserving and enhancing networks of landscape assets which allow people to access one type of experience — for example, a recreational nature preserve, without disturbing very different activities to happen nearby — for example, a logging site or tree farm. This is not cheating or deception, rather, it is a creative way of balancing land uses, of balancing preservation and development. Place branding can assist preservation by adding value to what is preserved, and planning can help both branding and preservation.

6. Environment/ sustainability/ resilience Some locally professed strategies for managing boom/bust focus directly on sustainability and resilience. Often, the foundations for these approaches are in academic expertise in environmental studies. Part of the literature on adaptive governance is also strongly linked to this rather technical literature. From the

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