Presentation Title

A Wilderness Techscape: Land-Use Conflict, Work, and Recreation in the Central Klamath River Region

Presenter's Name(s)

Claire E. DumontFollow

Time

1:00 PM

Location

Silver Maple Ballroom - Social Sciences

Abstract

Land use has been a point of tension between rural residents, indigenous peoples, and environmentalists since the establishment of the first U.S. National Parks in 1872. Since then, the increased number of protected area designations and their unique restrictions has only increased the frequency and severity of these conflicts. The ‘No Monument’ movement in the Central Klamath River region embodies the core tensions between a variety of communities that intersect on a shared landscape. This thesis offers a qualitative analysis of the uses of different technologies (eg. gold dredging, all-terrain vehicles, and fire) in rural areas along the Klamath River. By focusing on how some technologies gain acceptance while others are rejected by those with different interests, I argue that these practices reveal the cultural assumptions that shape ongoing land use conflicts. Such conflicts stem from inconsistencies in regulating technologies that “enhance” wilderness experiences for some and technologies that “degrade” wilderness experiences for others. Drawing on ideas from rural geography, political ecology, and science, technology, and society studies (STSS), I propose the notion of a techscape, a framework for viewing a landscape as a dynamic product of the technology that co-creates it. The techscape offers an alternative method of looking at a landscape that can highlight marginalized voices and illustrate the flaws with current land use restrictions.

Primary Faculty Mentor Name

Ingrid L. Nelson

Secondary Mentor NetID

cemorse

Secondary Mentor Name

Cheryl E. Morse

Status

Undergraduate

Student College

College of Arts and Sciences

Program/Major

Geography

Primary Research Category

Arts & Humanities

Secondary Research Category

Food & Environment Studies

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A Wilderness Techscape: Land-Use Conflict, Work, and Recreation in the Central Klamath River Region

Land use has been a point of tension between rural residents, indigenous peoples, and environmentalists since the establishment of the first U.S. National Parks in 1872. Since then, the increased number of protected area designations and their unique restrictions has only increased the frequency and severity of these conflicts. The ‘No Monument’ movement in the Central Klamath River region embodies the core tensions between a variety of communities that intersect on a shared landscape. This thesis offers a qualitative analysis of the uses of different technologies (eg. gold dredging, all-terrain vehicles, and fire) in rural areas along the Klamath River. By focusing on how some technologies gain acceptance while others are rejected by those with different interests, I argue that these practices reveal the cultural assumptions that shape ongoing land use conflicts. Such conflicts stem from inconsistencies in regulating technologies that “enhance” wilderness experiences for some and technologies that “degrade” wilderness experiences for others. Drawing on ideas from rural geography, political ecology, and science, technology, and society studies (STSS), I propose the notion of a techscape, a framework for viewing a landscape as a dynamic product of the technology that co-creates it. The techscape offers an alternative method of looking at a landscape that can highlight marginalized voices and illustrate the flaws with current land use restrictions.