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When major logging operations closed in the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona after pressure from environmental groups, many area residents lost their jobs. Plans for a coal mine on the Kaiparowits Plateau in southern Utah revived hopes for reliable employment, but establishing the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in 1996 by former US President Bill Clinton effectively shut down possibility of exploitative operations on the majority of the plateau. This caused widespread disapproval among conservative local government and populations. This controversial issue has been described extensively in relation to legal disputes over its formation and use. However, no research has addressed why local private citizens oppose the monument other than for political and economic reasons. Based on my research during summer 2009 in southern Utah, I conclude that locals also oppose the monument because it was created in socially unacceptable ways, namely without local knowledge or participation.
The Annual Mary Lou Fulton Mentored Research Conference showcases some of the best student research from the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences. The mentored learning program encourages undergraduate students to participate in hands-on and practical research under the direction of a faculty member. Students create these posters as an aide in presenting the results of their research to the public, faculty, and their peers.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lee, Sadie J. and Hawkins, John, "Who do you belong to?: Understanding a Monument through Local Conceptions of Belonging" (2010). FHSS Mentored Research Conference. 2.
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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