Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Natural Resources (MNR)


Natural Resources

First Advisor

Steven Burr, PhD

Second Advisor

Roslynn Brain, PhD

Third Advisor

Chris Luecke, PhD


This project presents research into the historic and contemporary use of mountain bikes in restricted use areas on the Tahoe Rim Trail and examines management approaches to increase compliance with existing regulations and advisories. Data from geomagnetic trail counters is utilized to gain insight into where and when such use occurs, while archival and contemporary sources of information are consulted to establish the context of mountain bike use on the trail. The project concludes with specific, actionable recommendations for trail managers, with information regarding likely outcomes and costs included in the analysis.