Yolonda Youngs

Yolonda Youngs
California State University, San Bernardino | CSUSB · Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Ph. D.

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Introduction
I am a broadly trained geographer with research interests in environmental social science, cultural geography, public lands (national parks and World Heritage Sites), human dimensions of global environmental change, GIS and geospatial technology, fieldwork, qualitative and mixed methods, and a regional expertise in the western United States and Europe. https://yolondayoungs.com/
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - present
Idaho State University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
August 2016 - May 2018
Idaho State University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2012 - August 2016
Idaho State University
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (23)
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Historical cultural geography and interpretive research are used to examine how Yosemite National Park visitors travel through and perceive the transportation system in order to explore broader meanings of transportation systems as cultural landscapes in national parks. Qualitative analysis of 160 semistructured interviews revealed that influences...
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The American Environment Revisited: Environmental Historical Geographies of the U.S. provides a dynamic – and oftentimes surprising – look at a range of environmental issues facing the United States today. Buckley and Youngs have assembled a team of outstanding scholars whose research typifies the exciting developments in environmental historical g...
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This paper explores the interplay of social and economic power in Grand Canyon National Park and the social construction of place at select canyon scenic viewpoints.
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National parks can be dangerous places. Lulled by often ill-informed notions that national parks are cleansed of any hazards and monitored by a ubiquitous staff of rangers, many visitors take unnecessary risks to their personal safety. The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) is tasked with the often-difficult challenge of protecting and preserving the...
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National parks have been called "America's best idea", but their creation and management never fail to stir controversy. On September 12, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the bill creating Canyonlands National Park (CANY). Instead of a preservation climax, however, the establishment of CANY simply opened a new chapter in the long-term effor...
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This chapter explores hazards and risks in U.S. national parks through an environmental historical geography approach.
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This chapter reconstructs the cultural landscape history of Yellowstone Lake with a special focus on tourism development, road and transportation networks, environmental historical geography, and natural resource management in Yellowstone National Park.
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Exum Mountain Guides is the oldest climbing guide service in North America. Exum guides have been integral to the growth of guiding as a profession as well as mountaineering in Grand Teton National Park, across the United States, and internationally. However, no comprehensive history of the guides and the guide service exists, nor have individual s...
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This chapter explores the ways that place attachment is socially constructed in national parks through a case study of river guides in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
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Although transportation and outdoor recreation are well-recognized aspects of national parks, few studies have explored these aspects from the perspective of human geography as a means of analyzing historical landscape change. This paper offers an innovative synthesis of methods for studying cultural landscape change over time through a case study...
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This study traces the development and evolution of Snake River use and management through an in-depth exploration of historic commercial scenic river guiding and concessions on the upper Snake River in Grand Teton National Park (GRTE) from 1950 to the present day. The research is based on a combination of methods including archival research, oral h...
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Mobile technology is pervasive in society and in particular among young people. The use of such technology in the classroom can be controversial and case studies and data on student perceptions of the technology are rare. This study presents the results of an iPad Pilot Project sponsored by a college at mid-sized university in a rural area in the U...
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abstract. This research takes a critical look at the interplay of vision and the production of knowledge in the context of cultural constructions of nature and environmental perceptions. The basis for this work is an exploration of the manufacturing process and subject matter in 259 Curt Teich Company postcards of Grand Canyon National Park manufac...
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The article examines four postcards that are altered representations of nature and culture at the Grand Canyon. Through the use of color, framing, and subject selection, postcard manufacturers created a selective view of nature at the Grand Canyon, one centered on the south rim and its development of tourist services. Shadows are strategically plac...
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Yellowstone Lake is located in the protected federal lands of Yellowstone National Park. This park is situated in the Rocky Mountains and its boundaries reach into the tri-state areas of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. While many researchers have investigated the history and geography of Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Lake has been largely ign...

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This book project explores over one hundred and fifty years of popular visual representations and cultural-historical landscapes of the Grand Canyon and how these images shaped popular geographic imaginations, environmental management and conservation, tourism use and development, and political contests for power and place in this iconic national park. This is my current book project, under contract with the University of Nebraska Press.
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The project explores 100 years of changing visual representations of Grand Canyon National Park through popular media. The project weaves visual landscape iconography, environmental history, and cultural geography of postcards, photographs, and films to better understanding changing environmental perceptions of the canyon, evolving park and tourism management strategies, and cultural landscape changes from 1870s to today. Book and journal publications.