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Fuel Treatments at the Wildland-Urban Interface: Common Concerns in Diverse Regions

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Forest fuels reduction has the best chance of success if managers understand the factors that influence public acceptance of fuel management. This article reports an analysis of focus group interviews with wildland-urban interface residents at sites selected to provide variation in fire regime, fire history, land-use and ownership patterns, and socioeconomic profile. Analyzed within a framework developed from the human dimensions and social psychology literature, the focus group data reveal four common factors that affect the acceptance of three fuel management strategies (prescribed fire, mechanical treatment, and defensible space requirements): beliefs about the outcomes of fuel management, personal importance of fuel management, situational specificity, and agency trust.

Keywords: environmental management; fire; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public relations; social science

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Director of Research Paul Schissler Associates, 1101 Harris Avenue, Bellingham, WA, 98225, 2: Assistant Professor Department of Park, Recreation, and Tourism Resources, Michigan State University, East Lansing 3: Team Leader and Research Forester Forest Inventory and Analysis Program, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, Oregon

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

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