Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Sociology

Major

Sustainable Agriculture

First Advisor

Lois W. Morton

Abstract

This research project examines some of the effects that implementing the Endangered Species Act has on a rapidly growing community. This case study focuses on the eastern Nebraska saline wetlands near Lincoln in the Little Salt Creek watershed - home to the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle. With the listing of the Salt Creek tiger beetle on the Federal Endangered Species list in 2005, the beetle has emerged as the central figure in a debate dividing those who wish to develop and those who aspire to protect these rare saline wetlands. Ethnographic data are used to study this situation. In-person interviews with participants reveal controversies surrounding the preservation of the eastern Nebraska saline wetlands. Three themes emerge: variations in social structure, the Endangered Species Act has made the beetle a controversial central issue, social control is gained by legislative force and land use zoning.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-6915

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Kristen Marie Corey

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1446119

OCLC Number

184695141

ISBN

9780549151074

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

80 pages

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