Graduation Date

Fall 2018

Document Type



Master of Science degree with a major in Natural Resources, option Forestry, Watershed, & Wildland Sciences

Committee Chair Name

Erin Kelly

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Matthew Derrick

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Laurie Richmond

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Natural Resources


This paper contributes to an understanding of the social implications of using UAS in natural resource areas; specifically, the ways in which these tools impact human constructed sense of place. This paper draws on in-depth interviews and document analysis to (a) develop an understanding of place meanings held among Mono Basin stakeholders and (b) define the ways in which increased UAS presence may interact with these visions of place.

In short, this research shows that sense of place in this rural area is influential in the way that UAS are received by local stakeholders. The changing nature of place meanings in the Mono Basin caused tension for many of the participants in this study. Furthermore, the struggle to shape these dynamic place meanings is cause for conflict both between stakeholders and with the outside world. UAS may be incompatible with place meanings that many in the basin value such as wilderness, solitude, and separation from the global flows of capital. This research indicates that land managers should use thoughtful consideration and take measures to mitigate these negative consequences when introducing UAS as a management tool.

Citation Style


2018 05-15 ltr_approval_exempt.pdf (267 kB)
IRB approval

2019 04-17 ltr_renewal_exempt.pdf (222 kB)
IRB renewal