Summary: The Utah Socioeconomic Baseline Study was funded by the Public Lands Policy Coordination Office (PLPCO) of the Governor’s Office. The study was an outgrowth of a request by the Six County Association of Governments (SCAOG) to Utah State University to provide support for the SCAOG’s response to the socioeconomic impact analyses in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Richfield Field Office-proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP). Although the counties within the SCAOG were designated as cooperators with the BLM in developing the RMP, the counties had no reliable database from which to suggest specific impact areas that the RMP should address or provide critical review of the proposed RMP. An earlier study by Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-La Sal National Forests (2003) identified many potential socioeconomic linkages between public lands and local communities, but did not contain substantial quantitative measures of those linkages. This study used that study as a base from which to begin identifying critical linkages.
Date: September 29, 2003
Call Number: N/A
Summary: This report presents findings of a two-phase research project conducted by Utah State University (USU) for the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The research is a joint effort of the Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism and the Natural Resource and Environmental Policy Program in the Department of Environment and Society. The purpose of the project is to provide social science data useful in the development of UDOT’s statewide 2030 Long-Range Transportation Plan and to provide baseline data for tracking trends over time. Utah State University, College of Natural Resources, Institute for Outdoor Recreation and Tourism, Natural Resource and Environmental Policy Program, Logan, UT.
Date: June 2000
Call Number: IORT-PR-2000-1
Researcher(s): Dale J. Blahna, Steven W. Burr, Michael F. Butkus, and Judith A. Kurtzman
Summary: The goal of Utah's Great Outdoors Open Space Project was to develop strategies and actions for addressing open space needs in each Planning District in Utah, lands identified as critical for providing amenity and ecological services. Results of the Three Phase Project are based on the opinions of key informants with experience and/or interest in open space issues and/or projects. Results are useful to complement other open space and critical land initiatives.
Use, Attitudes, and Beliefs about the Great Salt Lake among Davis County
Date: November 1999
Call Number: IORT-PR-1999-2
Researcher(s): Mark Brunson, Brian Nicholson
Summary: This report describes results of a survey to assess county residents’ attitudes and awareness about the Great Salt Lake and its recreation/tourism potential. It measured Davis County citizens’ beliefs about the lake as a natural setting as well as a recreation/tourism destination. The survey took place in conjunction with an ongoing study of use, attitudes, and knowledge about wetlands in northern Utah, part of a project to develop a wetlands education master plan for the Great Salt Lake region under the auspices of the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission and the state Division of Wildlife Resources.