Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Summer 2014


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2015


Copyright © 2015 Steven Schubert


Oft defined by the people that inhabit it, land has taken many shapes and forms. The spiritual relationship between indigenous Native Americans and nature preserved the virgin beauty of the New World. Here, life of all kinds throve. However, this measured balance was not to be lasted. With the passing of years and advancement of human technology, social order, and insatiable desire North America was found, claimed, and sullied. European (and American) colonialism brought irreversible change to the land of the Americas. Economic emphasis on the maximization of resources defiled flora and fauna alike and interrupted thousands of years of human-nature harmony. This history is important when considering current and future land management plans. Prairie Pines, as will be discussed in further depth, is in the midst of change. This paper and concurrent video will attempt to show the land as it currently is. It is the author’s hope that a greater knowledge and appreciation for land conservation will be conveyed to the audience. It is the unique and intrinsic value of Nebraskan and Great Plains habitat that is being explored for the audience. The author sought to explore this topic through various means. Original videography, photography and interviews and shoot were collated to produce and edit a video short. Within this presentation is a statement of intention, synopsis, personal reflection of experiences, running script, list of referenced material and a visual depiction of Prairie Pines.