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Firewise Activities of Full-Time versus Seasonal Residents in the Wildland-Urban Interface

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Increased migration to rural areas in and near the wildland-urban interface has increased the complexity of wildland fire management in these areas. Creating defensible space around one's home in the wildland-urban interface is one way residents can become involved in protecting their own homes from wildland fire. Using the theory of planned behavior as a conceptual framework, this study examined differences in perceptions of and behaviors regarding the creation of defensible space between full-time and seasonal residents of the wildland-urban interface. Although general support for firewise activities was positive for both resident groups, differences existed regarding the importance of beliefs, norms, and constraints in doing the activities around one's home in the wildland-urban interface.

Keywords: attitudes; firewise activities; perceived behavior control; subjective norms; theory of planned behavior

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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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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