chapter  8
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Cumulative Effects, Lag Periods, and Thresholds

Community is rooted in a sense of place through which the people are in a reciprocal relationship with their landscape. As such, a community is not simply a static place within a static landscape but rather is a lively, everchanging, interactive, interdependent system of relationships. Because a community is a self-organizing system, it not only incorporates information but also changes its environment. Thus, as the community in living alters the landscape, so the landscape in response alters the community.