Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Political Science

First Advisor

Roberta Q. Herzberg


Each of the 3,141 counties in the United States is unique, with a variety of physical characteristics. Approximately 287 of these counties have designated Wilderness Land within their boundaries. Many have argued about the benefits and also the burdens of having this designated land within a county. Research has been completed looking at the effects the Wilderness Land has to the local economies, the quality of life of the county citizens, and the county tourism industry. However, there is no research completed on the effects Wilderness Lands has to the local government tax revenue. Examining the revenue in the county will help solidify the Wilderness discussion that continues among multiple parties.


Publication made available electronically February 3, 2012.