Document Type


Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Resource Management

Committee Chair

Morris Uebelacker

Second Committee Member

Ann Root

Third Committee Member

Barbara Bicchieri


This thesis examines the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary patterns of land use and their effects in the Saddle Mountains of eastern Washington. Federal laws and Indian treaties require that federal lands be managed to preserve natural and cultural resources while meeting the demands of private interests for economic development and of the general public for recreational access. Land management conflicts created by these diverse interests are reviewed in the context of the history of the study area, the legal framework that directs its management, and the management process as it actually works. It concludes with recommendations to resolve land use conflicts.