Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Environmental Science

First Committee Member

Krystyna Stave

Number of Pages



Environmental decision making seems predisposed to conflict and impasses because it involves complex technical issues and attracts multiple stakeholders. Overcoming an impasse requires a look beyond entrenched positions to identify, clarify, and communicate stakeholders' underlying interests. Problem-definition theory offers one way to clarify those interests. It integrates stakeholder perspectives on problem causes, evidence, harms to affected populations, and solutions; This study proposed an analytic framework for clarifying stakeholders' interests and tested it at Zion National Park. Stakeholders participated in semi-structured research interviews about their ideas for creating a sustainable landscape for the Zion Lodge area. The proposed framework helped stakeholders' clearly communicate their perspectives and interests related to managing the landscape. The framework also helped policy makers understand competing visions of the problem and a range of potential solutions proposed by stakeholders.


Approach; Case; Definition; Interests; Landscape; Lodge; National; Park; Problem; Stakeholder; Study; Utah; Zion

Controlled Subject

Environmental sciences; Landscape architecture

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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