Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Natural Resources

First Advisor

Richard Toth


The Uinta Basin is located within the Colorado Plateau consisting of various ecosystems ranging from high elevation mountainous regions to sage and juniper woodlands. The basin rests in the northeast corner of Utah with the largest communities being Vernal, Roosevelt, and Duchesne. Other key features include the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, Green River, and Dinosaur National Monument. The basin historically has been a major region for natural resource extraction, and the population fluctuation has mirrored the "boom" and "bust" cycles of the industry. The Uintah Basin has recently recognized the need for developing a comprehensive plan for identifying the critical areas of concern with issues ranging from land use, critical lands, to growth.