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Researchers from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism have been tasked with identifying potential sites for a new cultural center for the Bear Ears National Monument.
Finding Footing at Bear Ears: Selecting a Site for a National Monument Cultural Center

Finding Footing at Bear Ears: Selecting a Site for a National Monument Cultural Center

Researchers from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism have been tasked with identifying potential sites for a new cultural center for the Bear Ears National Monument.

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IORT has been tasked with gathering local perspectives on outdoor recreation issues to present to the state’s Outdoor Recreation Commission, and this was one of seven listening sessions held across the state.
USU Researchers Use Local Perspective to Build Utah's Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan

USU Researchers Use Local Perspective to Build Utah's Outdoor Recreation Strategic Plan

IORT has been tasked with gathering local perspectives on outdoor recreation issues to present to the state’s Outdoor Recreation Commission, and this was one of seven listening sessions held across the state.

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Communities in Utah have recovered, mostly, from pandemic disruptions, according to survey data from the Utah Wellbeing Project. But there are still a few places, and a few issues, that have room for improvement.
The Big Bounce Back: Survey Captures Post-Pandemic Rebound in Community Wellbeing

The Big Bounce Back: Survey Captures Post-Pandemic Rebound in Community Wellbeing

Communities in Utah have recovered, mostly, from pandemic disruptions, according to survey data from the Utah Wellbeing Project. But there are still a few places, and a few issues, that have room for improvement.

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The cost of innovation is rising, according to Joseph Tainter, whose research connects anthropology and environmental science to understand the trajectory of complex social systems. Today it takes more people, investment and energy to develop and implemen
The End of Invention? Research Examines Cost, Value of Innovation

The End of Invention? Research Examines Cost, Value of Innovation

The cost of innovation is rising, according to Joseph Tainter, whose research connects anthropology and environmental science to understand the trajectory of complex social systems. Today it takes more people, investment and energy to develop and implemen...

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A recent evaluation of the massive aspen stand in south-central Utah found that Pando seems to be taking three disparate ecological paths based on how the different segments are managed.
Pando in Pieces: Understanding the New Breach in the World's Largest Living Thing

Pando in Pieces: Understanding the New Breach in the World's Largest Living Thing

A recent evaluation of the massive aspen stand in south-central Utah found that Pando seems to be taking three disparate ecological paths based on how the different segments are managed.

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Linda Nagel took the helm as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources this month, launching her new leadership role at Utah State University.
Linda Nagel Excited in New Role as Dean of Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel Excited in New Role as Dean of Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel took the helm as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources this month, launching her new leadership role at Utah State University.

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Lake Aculeo, located in Chile, can serve as a cautionary tale, according to Will Munger, a Ph.D. student in ENVS.
Deseret News: Why a dry Chilean lagoon matters to the future of the Great Salt Lake

Deseret News: Why a dry Chilean lagoon matters to the future of the Great Salt Lake

Lake Aculeo, located in Chile, can serve as a cautionary tale, according to Will Munger, a Ph.D. student in ENVS.

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Utah's title of "greatest snow" is at risk due to climate change. Listen to Jordan Smith and Patrick Belmont discuss this issue on UPR's UnDisciplined.
UPR's UnDisciplined: what will happen to Utah's 'greatest snow' when there's no more snow?

UPR's UnDisciplined: what will happen to Utah's 'greatest snow' when there's no more snow?

Utah's title of "greatest snow" is at risk due to climate change. Listen to Jordan Smith and Patrick Belmont discuss this issue on UPR's UnDisciplined.

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In 1990-1991, USU Moab professor Wayne Freimund participated in a research project at Arches National Park dealing with visitor management; and now he will be reexamining that research to see how their thinking and findings from the past compare to the re
USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Previous Park Visitation Research to See How It Compares to Now

USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Previous Park Visitation Research to See How It Compares to Now

In 1990-1991, USU Moab professor Wayne Freimund participated in a research project at Arches National Park dealing with visitor management; and now he will be reexamining that research to see how their thinking and findings from the past compare to the re...

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New research from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism works to define what, specifically, the changing climate will mean for the future of outdoor recreation in the West.
Change of Scenery: New Research Outlines How Recreation Will Shift with Climate Change in the West

Change of Scenery: New Research Outlines How Recreation Will Shift with Climate Change in the West

New research from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism works to define what, specifically, the changing climate will mean for the future of outdoor recreation in the West.

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Peter Howe’s research was cited this week in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. This years’ IPCC report focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability related to climate change.
Work from Peter Howe Featured in UN Report

Work from Peter Howe Featured in UN Report

Peter Howe’s research was cited this week in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. This years’ IPCC report focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability related to climate change.

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It's hard to get heard on social media, even when the message is a warning from the National Weather Service about excessive heat. New research explores strategies for better dissemination of weather-emergency messaging.
Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

It's hard to get heard on social media, even when the message is a warning from the National Weather Service about excessive heat. New research explores strategies for better dissemination of weather-emergency messaging.

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Cache Valley-based podcasters, USU alumni, and ‘anti-alarmists’ Kory and Kellan tapped Dr. Joseph Tainter for his expertise on the collapse of society (spoiler alert—no zombies. It’s tied to fossil fuels, ecosystem sustainability and the complexity of soc
View from The End: Tainter interviewed on Breaking Down: Collapse podcast

View from The End: Tainter interviewed on Breaking Down: Collapse podcast

Cache Valley-based podcasters, USU alumni, and ‘anti-alarmists’ Kory and Kellan tapped Dr. Joseph Tainter for his expertise on the collapse of society (spoiler alert—no zombies. It’s tied to fossil fuels, ecosystem sustainability and the complexity of soc...

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Boundary-pushing research led by Stefani Crabtree and a team of researchers that used high-performance computer (HPC) modeling to map ancient pedestrian routes is the recipient of the High Performance Computing Innovations Excellence Award.
Crabtree Wins Hyperion High Performance Computing Innovation Award

Crabtree Wins Hyperion High Performance Computing Innovation Award

Boundary-pushing research led by Stefani Crabtree and a team of researchers that used high-performance computer (HPC) modeling to map ancient pedestrian routes is the recipient of the High Performance Computing Innovations Excellence Award.

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Using anonymous mobile device data, USU Researcher Wayne Freimund hopes to determine the carbon footprint of tourism to Utah’s Arches National Park. Through this project, he’ll be able calculate average miles per trip to the park, and from that determine
Tourism's Footprint: USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Carbon Footprint of Tourism to Arches

Tourism's Footprint: USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Carbon Footprint of Tourism to Arches

Using anonymous mobile device data, USU Researcher Wayne Freimund hopes to determine the carbon footprint of tourism to Utah’s Arches National Park. Through this project, he’ll be able calculate average miles per trip to the park, and from that determine ...

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USU researchers explored the utility of using a system that automatically classifies content from social media photographs to identify preferred outdoor landscapes.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Identifying Landscape Preferences Using Social Media Algorithms

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Identifying Landscape Preferences Using Social Media Algorithms

USU researchers explored the utility of using a system that automatically classifies content from social media photographs to identify preferred outdoor landscapes.

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Chris Luecke, dean of Utah State University’s S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR), announced he will step down from his leadership post, effective July 2022.
USU's Chris Luecke to Leave Post as Natural Resources Dean

USU's Chris Luecke to Leave Post as Natural Resources Dean

Chris Luecke, dean of Utah State University’s S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR), announced he will step down from his leadership post, effective July 2022.

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Utah Business and Rocky Mountain Power honor Utah companies and individuals who are making strides toward the state's environmental sustainability. Dr. Roslynn McCann was one of this year's honorees.
Dr. Roslynn McCann, a 2021 Green Business Honoree.

Dr. Roslynn McCann, a 2021 Green Business Honoree.

Utah Business and Rocky Mountain Power honor Utah companies and individuals who are making strides toward the state's environmental sustainability. Dr. Roslynn McCann was one of this year's honorees.

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Off-highway vehicle recreation attracts a variety of people with diverse motivations for participating. Newly published research shows that those motivations influence routes they choose.
The Road More Traveled: Predicting Trail Choices based on OHV Drivers' Motivations

The Road More Traveled: Predicting Trail Choices based on OHV Drivers' Motivations

Off-highway vehicle recreation attracts a variety of people with diverse motivations for participating. Newly published research shows that those motivations influence routes they choose.

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Stefani Crabtree, assistant professor of social-environmental modeling in USU’s Department of Environment and Society, and colleagues have developed a tool to assess research performance more fairly; one that they hope will level the playing field.
Banishing bias: New tool offers fairer research metrics across disciplines, genders and experience

Banishing bias: New tool offers fairer research metrics across disciplines, genders and experience

Stefani Crabtree, assistant professor of social-environmental modeling in USU’s Department of Environment and Society, and colleagues have developed a tool to assess research performance more fairly; one that they hope will level the playing field.

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To better understand the complex interactions between the natural world and society, the National Science Foundation needs a next-generation Earth systems science initiative, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,
New Report Advocates for Integrated Earth Systems Science Initiative at NSF, with Input from USU Professor Courtney Flint

New Report Advocates for Integrated Earth Systems Science Initiative at NSF, with Input from USU Professor Courtney Flint

To better understand the complex interactions between the natural world and society, the National Science Foundation needs a next-generation Earth systems science initiative, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, ...

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By mid-century, once dominant winter sports may slowly be replaced by activities less dependent on perfect winter conditions—less skiing and more winter mountain biking, for instance—according to recently released research about changing patterns of recre
Rising Temperatures Reshape When and How Much People Get Outdoors on Public Lands

Rising Temperatures Reshape When and How Much People Get Outdoors on Public Lands

By mid-century, once dominant winter sports may slowly be replaced by activities less dependent on perfect winter conditions—less skiing and more winter mountain biking, for instance—according to recently released research about changing patterns of recre...

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Utah State University researchers Courtney Flint (right) and Jessica Schad (left) are participating in a new $15M National Science Foundation-funded project to help communities and ecosystems become more resilient when they face complex challenges like dr
When the Going Gets Tough: NSF Grant Awarded to Build Resilient Communities

When the Going Gets Tough: NSF Grant Awarded to Build Resilient Communities

Utah State University researchers Courtney Flint (right) and Jessica Schad (left) are participating in a new $15M National Science Foundation-funded project to help communities and ecosystems become more resilient when they face complex challenges like dr...

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New research from Stefani Crabtree shows that modern subsistence diets, and the diets of ancient people, were much broader than what most people eat today.
Stone Age Foodies: Comparing Ancient and Modern Food Choices with Isotopes

Stone Age Foodies: Comparing Ancient and Modern Food Choices with Isotopes

New research from Stefani Crabtree shows that modern subsistence diets, and the diets of ancient people, were much broader than what most people eat today.

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The research team created avatar programming for early human travelers and gave them the realistic goal of staying alive. These modeled humans were drawn to water and other landmarks, while the calorie outputs of their efforts were measured.
Ancient Superhighways: Mapping Prehistoric Travel Routes Using Archeological Modeling

Ancient Superhighways: Mapping Prehistoric Travel Routes Using Archeological Modeling

The research team created avatar programming for early human travelers and gave them the realistic goal of staying alive. These modeled humans were drawn to water and other landmarks, while the calorie outputs of their efforts were measured.

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We would like to recognize and congratulate our outstanding QCNR undergraduate students who are actively engaged in research.
Recognizing QCNR Undergraduates in Research 2021

Recognizing QCNR Undergraduates in Research 2021

We would like to recognize and congratulate our outstanding QCNR undergraduate students who are actively engaged in research.

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Dr. Charles Romesburg passed away on April 18, 2021, at the age of 83. He is, and will be, missed.
Charles Romesburg,1938 - 2021

Charles Romesburg,1938 - 2021

Dr. Charles Romesburg passed away on April 18, 2021, at the age of 83. He is, and will be, missed.

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Congratulations to all the recipients of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) Awards for 2021!
QCNR 2021 Awards Recipients

QCNR 2021 Awards Recipients

Congratulations to all the recipients of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) Awards for 2021!

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Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.
QCNR 2021 Spring News Roundup

QCNR 2021 Spring News Roundup

Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.

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While COVID-19 brewed over the summer of 2020, venues like schools, sports stadiums and theme parks shuttered their doors. Going stir-crazy at home, people desperate for fresh air and exercise headed outside to parks and protected areas for a change of sc
Six Feet Apart at Arches: Observing Social Distancing at a Busy National Park

Six Feet Apart at Arches: Observing Social Distancing at a Busy National Park

While COVID-19 brewed over the summer of 2020, venues like schools, sports stadiums and theme parks shuttered their doors. Going stir-crazy at home, people desperate for fresh air and exercise headed outside to parks and protected areas for a change of sc...

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Listen to the UPR interview with Larissa Yocom and Paul Rogers concerning wildfires in the west.
'Wildfires In The West' With Paul Rogers And Larissa Yocom On Wednesday's Access Utah

'Wildfires In The West' With Paul Rogers And Larissa Yocom On Wednesday's Access Utah

Listen to the UPR interview with Larissa Yocom and Paul Rogers concerning wildfires in the west.

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This video, created by undergraduate students in our college, takes a look into the history of women in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Celebrating the History of Women in the QCNR

Celebrating the History of Women in the QCNR

This video, created by undergraduate students in our college, takes a look into the history of women in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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We were all saddened to learn that Nat Frazer, Dean of the Quinney College from 2006 to 2011, passed away from complications of Hodgkins Disease this past Monday.
In Memoriam of Nat Frazer 1949-2020

In Memoriam of Nat Frazer 1949-2020

We were all saddened to learn that Nat Frazer, Dean of the Quinney College from 2006 to 2011, passed away from complications of Hodgkins Disease this past Monday.

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A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a tram and drug rehab lodge wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible with a “reasonable” fee. But those who research outdoor recreation have found any fee can dissuade people from visiting.
Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a tram and drug rehab lodge wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible with a “reasonable” fee. But those who research outdoor recreation have found any fee can dissuade people from visiting.

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With a push to conserve natural resources, one that is often overlooked or taken for granted is a resource that can be enjoyed after every sunset.
USU Doctoral Student Named Dark Sky Defender for Work in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

USU Doctoral Student Named Dark Sky Defender for Work in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

With a push to conserve natural resources, one that is often overlooked or taken for granted is a resource that can be enjoyed after every sunset.

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Joseph Tainter is interviewed by the NY Times about the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it ties in with some of his early career research.
How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

Joseph Tainter is interviewed by the NY Times about the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it ties in with some of his early career research.

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Roslynn Brain and Edwin Stafford involved over 800 youth in a Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest. PBS featured this project earlier this year.
The Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest | Utah Insight

The Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest

Roslynn Brain and Edwin Stafford involved over 800 youth in a Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest. PBS featured this project earlier this year.

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Low carbon energy infrastructure has been controversial for economic, social and environmental reasons: relatively high capital costs compared to fossil fuels; dissatisfaction with who owns the infrastructure; visual impacts; and habitat harm.
Octopus’s garden under the blade: Boosting biodiversity increases willingness to pay for offshore wind in the United States

Octopus’s garden under the blade: Boosting biodiversity increases willingness to pay for offshore wind in the United States

Low carbon energy infrastructure has been controversial for economic, social and environmental reasons: relatively high capital costs compared to fossil fuels; dissatisfaction with who owns the infrastructure; visual impacts; and habitat harm.

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National parks are really easy to love, but they are harder to take care of.
Easy to Love, Hard to Manage

Easy to Love, Hard to Manage

National parks are really easy to love, but they are harder to take care of.

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Extreme heat is a growing hazard to public health, causing greater mortality than other hazards like floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the US. Yet in 2020, the risks of extreme heat may be magnified even more by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic
All Summer Long: Heat Waves and COVID-19

All Summer Long: Heat Waves and COVID-19

Extreme heat is a growing hazard to public health, causing greater mortality than other hazards like floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the US. Yet in 2020, the risks of extreme heat may be magnified even more by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic...

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The S.J. and Jesse E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Dean’s Office affirms the message by USU President Noelle Cockett and the University’s “commitment to inclusion and respect in our Aggie family and in those communities we reach every day.”
QCNR Supports an Inclusive and Racially Just Society in Cache Valley and Beyond

QCNR Supports an Inclusive and Racially Just Society in Cache Valley and Beyond

The S.J. and Jesse E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Dean’s Office affirms the message by USU President Noelle Cockett and the University’s “commitment to inclusion and respect in our Aggie family and in those communities we reach every day.”

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Two longtime members of Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society were honored recently by the Society for Range Management (SRM) for their career achievements in rangeland science and management.
Two College of Natural Resources Professors Recognized by the Society for Range Management

Two College of Natural Resources Professors Recognized by the Society for Range Management

Two longtime members of Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society were honored recently by the Society for Range Management (SRM) for their career achievements in rangeland science and management.