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Prescribed Fire and Public Support: Knowledge Gained, Attitudes Changed in Florida

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Florida residents' knowledge of and attitudes toward wild and prescribed fire were elicited before and after receiving educational information. The results indicate that Florida residents exhibit knowledge and tolerance of prescribed fire similar to respondents of past surveys. Florida residents are less tolerant of wildfire than residents in past surveys but hold similar knowledge scores concerning wildfire. Respondents became more knowledgeable and tolerant of prescribed fire after the introduction of educational information.

Keywords: communication; education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public relations

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1172, 2: Research Associate Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 80523-1172 3: Economist USDA Forest Service, Forest Fire Laboratory, Riverside, California

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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