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The city of Roslyn sits just East of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, and was designated as a National Historic District in 1978. It is a small rural town with a population of 1,015 and a rich mining history. It was the setting of the 1990s television show Northern Exposure, and provides visitors and locals alike with cultural and recreation opportunities.
The purpose of this project was to develop a web-based application to collect spatial data from community members in order to explore the potential for conflict over the use of natural resources on public lands in Washington State. Many areas of public land have multiple uses, for example the same land could be used for both logging and recreation activities, and the ways in which those land use types are designated has the potential to spark conflicts between communities, stakeholder groups, and public agencies. This project created an interactive map application to collect spatial data from participants regarding land use preferences and social values associated with a national forest. In this application, participants can draw polygons on a map of the Colville National Forest to indicate locations of preferred land use types and the values those areas represent to them. Separate from the application, a spatial analysis script identifies areas of potential conflict based on overlapping areas of incompatible land use types. This project demonstrates how an online interface could be used to collect information from interested parties, and how visualizations could be leveraged to anticipate conflict during national forest management planning. This would help improve communication between communities and public agencies, promote efficiency in the planning process, and ultimately reduce land use conflict.
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