Advisor

Joseph Maser

Date of Award

Spring 3-26-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science and Management

Department

Environmental Science and Management

Physical Description

1 online resource (vi, 123 pages)

Subjects

Restoration monitoring (Ecology) -- Oregon -- Grant County, Land use -- Environmental aspects - Oregon -- Grant County, Grant County (Or.) -- Environmental conditions

DOI

10.15760/etd.463

Abstract

Habitat restoration has socio-economic as well as biophysical impacts. In Grant County, Oregon a recent influx of funding and technical resources for habitat restoration has led to focused monitoring efforts there to better understand the impacts. This study explores how local land use and land management practices are changing in Grant County as a result of restoration and other drivers. In-depth interviews were conducted with 17 landowners, land managers, and long time residents to document the change they have observed and identify how they are adapting. The results suggest that many interconnected social, economic, and ecological changes have taken place in Grant County in the recent past, of which the increased focus on restoration and conservation is just one. Other significant changes include the decline of the timber industry, shifting land ownership patterns, intensified regulation of natural resources, and increased environmental awareness. Ways that the community is adapting and additional ways in which they might more successfully adapt to these changes were identified. Recommendations for how to contribute to a more resilient Grant County are presented for the regulatory, academic, and scientific communities.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8465

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