This collection includes theses, dissertations, and professional papers from the University of Montana W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. Theses, dissertations, and professional papers from all University of Montana departments and programs may be searched here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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DENSITY MANAGEMENT IN YOUNG WESTERN LARCH STANDS: TREE GROWTH, STAND YIELD, AND CARBON STORAGE 54 YEARS AFTER THINNING, Michael S. Schaedel

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Determining the barriers to and opportunities for community involvement in the management of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttarakhand, India, Trisha Singh

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LANDSCAPE TO LOCAL: A MULTI-SCALE EVALUATION OF VOLUNTARY EFFORTS TO REDUCE FRAGMENTATION AND ENHANCE MANAGEMENT OF RANGELANDS FOR SAGE-GROUSE, Joseph Tyler Smith

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Assessing Household Drinking Water Needs: Reaching Many One Water Filter at a Time in Los Robles, Nicaragua, Erinkate E. Springer

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LARGE-SCALE CAMERA TRAPPING AND LARGE-CARNIVORE MONITORING, OCCUPANCY-ABUNDANCE RELATIONSHIPS, AND FOOD-WEBS, Robin Willem Steenweg

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EXPERIENCES OF AMERICAN INDIANS IN NATURAL RESOURCE DEGREE PROGRAMS, Ruth Ann Swaney

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Groups and Mortality: Their Effects on Cooperative Behavior and Population Growth in a Social Carnivore, David E. Ausband

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A Critical Examination of Private Conservation Areas on Campesino Community Lands in Peru, Megan Barnhart

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Spatiotemporal Controls On Hydrologic Exchange Between Hillslopes, Valley Bottoms, And Streams From The Reach To The Watershed Scale, Anna Bergstrom

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DEVALUING FUTURE AIR QUALITY, RESPIRATORY HEALTH, AND FINANCIAL OUTCOMES: A DELAY DISCOUNTING APPROACH, Meredith Steele Berry

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Coevolution and cospeciation in a bark-beetle fungal symbiosis, Ryan Russell Bracewell

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Vulnerable Populations' Perspectives on Climate Engineering, Wylie Allen Carr

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Ecosystem succession in the earliest stages: Linking microbial community structure to ecological function, Sarah C. Castle

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QUANTIFYING THE SPATIO-TEMPORAL VARIABILITY OF SUBSURFACE FLOW ACROSS THREE HILLSLOPES IN A SEMI-ARID, ALPINE FOREST, Emily N. Clark

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Tribal Water Rights Settlements and Instream Flow Protection, Dylan M. DesRosier

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LINKING THE EFFECTS OF RISK FACTORS ON ANNUAL CALF SURVIVAL TO ELK POPULATION DYNAMICS IN THE BITTERROOT VALLEY, MONTANA, Daniel R. Eacker

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DECADAL SCALE RESPONSES OF SOIL AND ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES TO FOREST RESTORATION IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONIFER FORESTS, Peter Ganzlin

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The science behind the selection of native plant materials: local adaptation, response to invasion, cytotypic variation, and seed transfer zones, Alexis Gibson

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Assessing changes in avian communities, Jessie D. Golding

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Perceptions of climate change and water governance vulnerability in the Aysén region of Chile, Michal I. Helman

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Stewardship Contracting: Implementation of an Innovative Resource Management Tool by Units of the U.S. Forest Service, Cassandra J. Hemphill

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Consequences of Biomass Harvesting on Forest Condition and Productivity in the Northern Rocky Mountains, Woongsoon Jang

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An investigation of domestic tourists' loyalty to a nature-based tourist setting from a relational and transactional perspective at the Victoria Falls World Heritage site, Jane Musole Kwenye

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Predation Risk and Vegetation Effects on Avian Diversity, Species Turnover, Reproduction, and Fitness, Joseph Anthony LaManna

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Cows and Plows: Science-based Conservation for Grassland Songbirds in Agricultural Landscapes, Marisa K. Lipsey

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An assessment of biochar amended soilless media for nursery propagation of northern Rocky Mountain native plants, Clarice P. Matt

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Capturing the Benefits of Restoration: Local Business Utilization and Opportunities for Growth in Northwestern Montana, Chelsea P. McIver

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The Effect of Mulch and Watering on Tomato Yields and Potential for Adoption During the Dry Season in Nanjara Village, Tanzania, Emily A. Okal

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Spatiotemporal Variability of Topoclimatic Air Temperature across the Conterminous United States, Jared Wesley Oyler

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Run to the Hills - Partial Migration in Large Herbivores, Wibke Peters

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PUBLIC-PRIVATE WATER CONSERVATION: AN ASSESSMENT OF ATTITUDES IN THE DEER LODGE VALLEY, MONTANA, Elizabeth K. Rial

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COMMUNITY PERTURBATION ASSOCIATED WITH NEW ZEALAND MUDSNAIL (POTAMAPYRGUS ANTIPODARUM) INVASION: DISCREPANCIES IN TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL ASSESSMENT, Eric H. Richins

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The influence of environmental heterogeneity on neutral and adaptive genetic structure in Dall's sheep (Ovis dalli dalli), Gretchen Roffler

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THE EFFECT OF SPATIAL PATTERNS OF SOIL HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY AND DEPTH ON LOCAL AND HILLSLOPE SCALE SHALLOW WATER TABLE DYNAMICS, Casey E. Ryan

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A GIS ASSESSMENT OF ECOREGION REPRESENTATION IN CHILE'S EXISTING AND PROPOSED INTEGRATED NETWORK OF PROTECTED AREAS, Jessica Schutz

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TOWARD A REGIONAL MODIS EVAPOTRANSPIRATION (MOD16) PRODUCT: RE-EVALUATING MOD16 LOGIC TO INCLUDE PRECIPITATION, Jami J. Seirer

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Does migration matter? Causes and consequences of migratory behavior in Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, Derek Benjamin Spitz

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A Model For Determining Drivers of Phenology in Western United States Rangelands, Joseph R. St. Peter

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BAMBOO HARVESTING FOR HOUSEHOLD INCOME GENERATION IN THE ETHIOPIAN HIGHLANDS: CURRENT CONDITIONS AND MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES, Bridget L. Tinsley

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The Role of Funding Programs in Promotion of Best Management Practices for Effective Stream Restoration, Tracy R. Wendt

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ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY OF FUEL REDUCTION TREATMENTS IN THE HOME IGNITION ZONE TO MITIGATE WILDFIRE RISK IN MONTANA, USA, Howard L. Williams

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ABUNDANCE, DENSITY, AND OPINIONS ABOUT COLUMBIAN BLACK-TAILED DEER, WHIDBEY ISLAND, WASHINGTON, Robert P. Wingard

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Forest Fire Risk Assessment Using Point Process Modeling & Monte Carlo Fire Simulation: A Case Study in Gyeongju, South Korea, Hyeyoung Woo

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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USING TERRESTRIAL LIDAR TO MODEL SHRUBS FOR FIRE BEHAVIOR SIMULATION, Theodore Adams

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SPATIAL PATTERNS AND PHYSICAL FACTORS OF SMOKEJUMPER UTILIZATION SINCE 2004, Tyson A. Atkinson

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Assessing the Determinants Facilitating Local Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacities to Climate Change Impacts in High Mountain Areas: A Case Study of Northern Ladakh, India, Kimiko Nygaard Barrett

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Use of a forest reconstruction model to assess changes to Sierra Nevada mixed-conifer forest conditions during the fire suppression era, Molly Augusta Frederica Barth

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YERBA MATE (ILEX PARAGUARIENSIS) PRODUCTION, AGRICULTURAL CHANGE, AND LIVELIHOOD SECURITY IN SOUTHEASTERN PARAGUAY, Mason Robert Bradbury

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UNDERSTANDING AND ENCOURAGING CLIMATE FRIENDLY ACTION: A STUDY OF INDIVIDUALS' PERSONAL ENERGY AND TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS AND BELIEFS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE, Alison Dimond

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Assessing Alternative Methods For Monitoring Populus tremuloides Following Restoration Treatments, Michael Fowler

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Analyzing the error structure and simultaneous nature of multi-dimensional, density dependent growth models for ponderosa pine, James Furlaud

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Causes of annual reproductive variation and anthropogenic disturbance in harlequin ducks breeding in glacier national park, montana, Warren Kevin Hansen

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Habitat Quality Influences Migratory Strategy of Female White-Tailed Deer, Charles R. Henderson Jr.

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EFFECTS OF ROAD-STREAM CROSSINGS ON POPULATIONS OF THE IDAHO GIANT SALAMANDER (Dicamptodon aterrimus), Richard K. Honeycutt

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Stakeholder Perspectives Regarding the Ecosystem Services Produced by the Frank Church - River of No Return Wilderness in Central Idaho, Benjamin Thomas Irey

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Correlates of Canada Lynx Reproductive Success in Northwestern Montana, Megan K. Kosterman

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ECOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL PATENT REGIMES: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF LAWS AND CASES FROM THE UNITED STATES, INDIA, AND BRAZIL, Alyssa Leary

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The effects of seed source health on whitebark pine regeneration density after wildfire, Signe B. Leirfallom

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SECURING FOOD AND LIVELIHOODS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS TO SUSTAINABLY ENHANCING HOUSEHOLD FOOD PRODUCTION IN SANTA FAMILIA VILLAGE, BELIZE, Siobhan B. Lozada

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UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE OF INTERACTIONS BETWEEN VISITORS AND MOUNTAIN GOATS (OREAMNOS AMERICANUS) ON THE HIDDEN LAKE TRAIL, GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Sarah Ilene Markegard

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The U.S. National Park Service: Organizational Adaptation in an Era of Complexity, Uncertainty, and Change, Anna Christina Mills

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DEVELOPING STRATEGIES TO INITIALIZE LANDSCAPE-SCALE VEGETATION MAPS FROM FIA DATA TO ENHANCE RESOLUTION OF INDIVIDUAL SPECIES-SIZE COHORT REPRESENTATION IN THE LANDSCAPE DISTURBANCE MODEL, SIMPPLLE, Jacob Muller

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UNDERSTANDING TRADITIONS AND PRACTICES OF MEDICINAL PLANT USE IN CARHUAMAYO, JUNIN, PERU, Anastasia Orkwiszewski

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Quantifying the influence of past wildfires on the severity and size of subsequent wildfires, Sean Aaron Parks

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Use of Climatic Water Balance Metrics as Site Productivity Predictors, Matthew Dilsworth Perry

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QUANTIFYING THE HYDROLOGIC IMPACT OF MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE DISTURBANCE IN A WESTERN MONTANA ECOSYSTEM, James A. Reilly

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EVALUATION OF GRIZZLY BEAR (URSUS ARCTOS) MOVEMENT AND HABITAT USE IN RELATIONSHIP TO HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN THE SWAN-CLEARWATER VALLEYS, MONTANA, Mark Ruby

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Addressing the challenges of monitoring a rare and elusive seabird, Anne Louise Schaefer

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Proactive Management of Pneumonia Epizootics in Bighorn Sheep in Montana, Sarah N. Sells

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Emerging Models in Environmental Volunteerism: The Domestic Volunteer Vacation, John Andrew Stegmaier

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AN EMPRIRICAL TEST OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF AN INDIRECT MANAGEMENT TOOL IN INCREASING OPTIONAL SHUTTLE USE AT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Alex Benjamin Weinberg

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Effects of Disturbance on Tree Community Dynamics in Whitebark Pine Ecosystems, Jeremy Travis Amberson

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A spatially-explicit decision support system for invasive weed species management, Pablo Aracena

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Variations in wildfire ash properties and implications for post-fire hydrological response within Western North American ecosystems, Victoria Balfour

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Escape probability: an alternative risk metric to support and evaluate wilderness fire management decisions, Kevin Matthew Barnett

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Exploring Detracting Elements and Coping Mechanisms Reported in Four Trails along the Going-To-The-Sun Road Corridor in Glacier National Park, Diana Maritza Bedoya

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Connectivity and Spatial Organization of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in Idaho, Nathan Jeffery Borg

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Evaluating genetic status and management tradeoffs for conservation of cutthroat trout (oncorhynchus clarkii), Kellie Jahan Carim

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IDENTIFYING ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS INFLUENCING GOLDEN EAGLE PRESENCE AND REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS, Ross H. Crandall

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Understanding the dynamics of species distributions under climate change: linking empirical evidence, ecological theory, and statistical models, Shawn M. Crimmins

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Shifts in Caribou Calving Habitat and Space-Use, Daniella Johanna Dekelaita

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Changes in litter inputs and decomposition in headwater streams during a mountain pine beetle infestation of whitebark pine, Hilary Genevieve Eisen

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Transient dynamics in plant population models, Martha Ellis

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Characterizing Crown Struture of Three Interior Northwest Conifer Species Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning, Jena Ferrarese

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ESTIMATION AND MODELING OF FOREST ATTRIBUTES ACROSS LARGE SPATIAL SCALES USING BIOMEBGC, HIGH-RESOLUTION IMAGERY, LIDAR DATA, AND INVENTORY DATA, Jordan Seth Golinkoff

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Gamification in Environmental Education, Daniel Charles Hatley

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Control by Vegetation Disturbance on Gully Rejuvenation Following Wildfire, Kevin Hyde

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SUPPORTING TRANSITIONS TO RESILIENT IRRIGATION SYSTEMS: FINDINGS FROM SOUTHERN KYRGYZSTAN, Peter Michael Igoe

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Tourism on a Scenic Byway: Destination Image and Economic Impacts of the Beartooth Highway, Jacob Daniel Jorgenson

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Exotic invasive plants drive different ecosystem processes than natives in Montana grasslands, Morgan Marie Luce

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Attitudes and perceptions of Community Councils on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program and the Southwestern Crown Collaborative forest restoration projects, Jimmie McKay

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Montana Logging Costs: Resources for Continued Industry Viability, Joshua P. Meek

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The effects of temperature on fungal symbionts in the mountain pine beetle-fungus multi-partite symbiosis, Melissa Lea Moore

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Examining skewed sex ratio in the mountain plover (Charadrius montanus) population, Margaret Mercedes Riordan

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Evaluating and Role of Standards and Guidelines in National Forest Planning, Emily E. Schembra

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Opportunities and Constraints to Community Forest User Groups Participating in REDD+ Payment Programs in Nepal, Alexander Cuthbert Smith

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Global and regional scale constraints to bioenergy potential and the human appropriation of net primary production, William Kolby Smith

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WOMEN’S WATER, WOMEN’S WORK: EVALUATING DECENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT OF DEEP BOREHOLE WELLS FOR IMPROVED RURAL WATER ACCESS IN TAWA FALL VILLAGE, SENEGAL, Tenly Elizabeth Snow

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EFFECTIVENESS OF STRAW BALE CHECK DAMS AT REDUCING POST-FIRE SEDIMENT YIELDS FROM EPHEMERAL CHANNEL CATCHMENTS, Keenan Storrar

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Assessment of Public Land Values and a Comparison Amongst Nonresident Outdoor Recreationists in Montana, Megan Michele Tanner