Wildland Fire in the Southeast: Negotiating Guidelines for Defensible Space

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Wildland fire is becoming a concern for residents in many eastern states as fuel loads, weather patterns, and population growth increase risk at the wildland-urban interface. Some messages about reducing risk, however, are based on western wildfire information and are seen as inappropriate by wildland fire communicators in Florida. This case study describes the process of reaching agreement on landscape modifications that reduce the risk of wildland fire for interface residents in the Southeast. The melding of various perspectives through a negotiated process helped create a product that meets a need in this fire-prone state.

Keywords: communication; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public relations; urbanization; wildland-urban interface

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, PO Box 110410 Gainesville, FL, 32611-0410, mcmonroe@ufl.edu 2: Associate Professor School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, PO Box 110410 Gainesville, FL, 32611-0410, 3: Program Coordinator Pandion Systems, Inc., Gainesville, Florida,

Publication date: April 1, 2003

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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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