Gunnison Field Office Case Study
The interviews for the Gunnison Field Office case study are complete and I am now in the process of analyzing the data using NVivo (qualitative analysis software) and writing up case study results. Following is a brief summary of interview statistics:
- Gunnison Field Office The BLM interviews were conducted in December 2015 and consisted of 10 questions focused on background, observations due to climate and weather impacts, decision-making in the context of climate and weather, flexibility in decision-making, and information needs. I conducted 7 separate interviews (one interview consisted of 2 staff), each lasting approximately 45 minutes.
- Permitted Users Interviews with livestock ranchers and recreation outfitters and shop-owners were conducted in February and March 2016 and consisted of 11 questions focused on background, climate, weather, and natural resources, adaptability to climate and weather-related risks, and BLM management.
- Livestock Ranching I invited 37 livestock ranchers permitted to operate on BLM-managed lands within the Gunnison Field Office to participate in the study. I prioritized those with extensive experience ranching in the Gunnison Basin and those with livelihood dependence on livestock ranching. I interviewed 14 livestock ranchers (38% response rate) throughout the geographic range of the Gunnison Field Office, each interview lasting approximately 60 minutes.
- Recreation Outfitters and Shop-Owners I invited 28 recreation outfitters and shop-owners permitted to operate on BLM-managed lands within the Gunnison Field Office to participate in the study. I prioritized invitees based on suggestions from the Gunnison Field Office staff and then expanded that pool in order to solicit additional interviews. I distributed invitations to reflect the diversity of permitted uses at the Gunnison Field Office, including hunting, river-based activities, land-based guiding, lodging, education, and competitive events. I interviewed 12 permitted outfitters and shop-owners (3 of the outfitters also own shops) (43% response rate) that operate throughout the geographic range of the Gunnison Field Office, each interview lasting approximately 45 minutes.
The case studies (at the Gunnison and Little Snake Field Offices, see below right) will help us understand social vulnerability from both BLM and user group perspectives. Because the methodologies at both case study locations are similar, we will be able to compare and contrast results from both case studies during the analysis phase of the case study after interviews are completed.
As of March 22nd, 2016 I have completed all interviews and have begun analyzing transcripts using the qualitative data analysis tool NVivo. I am producing summary reports for each group interviewed (BLM, ranching, recreation), to be completed by the end of April 2016. The general outline and timeline for the case study are explained in the graphic (below left).