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Special Feature: Commoning in Rural North America: Conflict, Conservation, and Collaboration in More-than-Human Landscapes

The rural landscapes of North America have long been home to tensions between environmental complexity and dynamism, on the one hand, and hegemonic forms of capitalist private property and state territory on the other. These tensions are amplified in our contemporary context of unprecedented socio-ecological transformation, with climate and land use change resulting in at times intense political polarization surrounding the future of these regions. At the same time, long histories of conflict around lands and resources have also given rise to novel experiments in adaptive, landscape-scale, and collaborative governance around these complex systems (Jones, et al. 2019; Martin, et al. 2019).

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