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I have been involved with research in the community of Shimshal off and on since 1988. When I visited the community for a fourth field season during the summer of 1997, several community elders approached me to solicit my help in drafting a document outlining their endeavour to develop a comprehensive nature trust. The result of our collaborative efforts was the Shimshal Nature Trust Fifteen Year Vision and Management Plan.
My role has been a modest one: merely to take what Shimshalis told me of their plans for a nature trust, and to convey this information in well-constructed English. Thus, none of the ideas are mine, but much phrasing (and, therefore, some of the emphasis) is. In order to convey their primary authorship of the document, Shimshalis encouraged me to write as if they were writing, and to avoid the academic, "bird's eye view", third person. The result is occasionally awkward, but I hope accurately conveys the nature of my collaboration with the community. Everything included in the document has been checked, double-checked, and approved by several Shimshalis who are fluent in English. Nevertheless, I am happy to accept responsibility for any errors or misleading emphases that remain.