Date of Award:

2012

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Management

Advisor/Chair:

Dr. Robyn L. Ceurvorst

Abstract

Extensive research exists regarding invasive alien plant species including impacts to native ecosystems and efficacy of control methods on public lands and river corridors. Many studies have identified the need for more research regarding the social implications of invasive alien species management. More specifically, additional research is needed regarding the impacts of invasive alien plant management on the Colorado Plateau to river-based recreation experiences. It is important for public land management agencies like the National Park Service to understand recreation-based stakeholders’ knowledge, norms, and preferences toward managing prevalent alien plants like tamarisk. For this study, 330 river users were questioned about their knowledge of tamarisk and preferences for tamarisk management on the Green and Colorado River corridors of the Colorado Plateau. Results show that a majority of river users want tamarisk to be removed. The tamarisk control methods investigated in this thesis were also evaluated by respondents as acceptable. The methods evaluated to be the most acceptable were the cut-stump method and the use of tamarisk leaf beetle, while prescribed fire and the use of a machine to mulch tamarisk were found to be less acceptable. The use of chainsaws to perform the cut-stump method was found to be acceptable in both the Green and Colorado River corridors. This thesis concludes with a summary of findings and implications for land managers and future research.

Comments

This work made publicly available electronically on May 11, 2012.

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