Graduation Year

2015

Graduation Month

May

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

School or Department

Forestry and Conservation, College of

Major

Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management – Nature-Based Tourism

Faculty Mentor

Elizabeth Metcalf

Faculty Mentor Department

Forestry and Conservation, College of

Keywords

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, recreation, visitor experience, management plan, Wild and Scenic River

Subject Categories

Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration

Abstract

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (UMRBNM) is known for unique recreation opportunities on a wild and scenic river. Visitor’s experiences are complex and can be influenced by new management regulations, perceived conflict, and crowding, which can impact overall user satisfaction. This study examines the breadth of visitor experiences on the UMRBNM and assesses stakeholders’ satisfaction of BLM management. Using a qualitative approach, in-depth phone interviews were conducted with Key Informants. Those interviewed represent a diverse group of stakeholders including advisory council members, non-profits and friends groups, outfitters and guides, and local officials. Interviews explored visitor experiences, satisfaction with management, and recreation use restrictions. In this paper, responses were summarized and emerging themes were discussed. The results will provide managers with baseline data to help inform future management decisions.

Honors College Research Project

Yes

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