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Master of Science (MS)
Sociology and Anthropology
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Provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill were meant to increase the speed within which natural resource managers could treat insect and disease issues on National Forests. In order to use this new authority, each state was required to nominate acre portions of each National Forest with insect and disease risks.
The 35 nominations that were submitted differed substantially, from the amount of acreage nominated to the amount of effort that went into developing the nomination. The purpose of the research was to understand why there was such variation in the nominations. Several of the states that submitted nominations were contacted and interviewed to better understand the process each state took in creating the nomination.
Several common themes arose in the interviews that were causes for variation in the nomination process: how states cooperated with other states and federal agencies in creating their nomination, confusion about how to develop the nomination and how the provision was to be ultimately applied.
Holmstead, Jamilee E., "Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth: 2014 Farm Bill Insect and Disease Restoration Provision -- True Gift or False Hope?" (2015). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations, Spring 1920 to Summer 2023. 4502.
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