Wildland Fire Science for Management: Federal Fire Manager Information Needs, Sources, and Uses
Authors: Ryan, Clare M.; Cerveny, Lee K.
Source: Western Journal of Applied Forestry, Volume 26, Number 3, July 2011 , pp. 126-132(7)
Publisher: Society of American Foresters
Abstract:A Web-based survey of wildland fire managers in federal agencies in the western United States explored fire science information needs and sources, why particular sources are used, and barriers to obtaining and using information. The fire managers we surveyed rely heavily on internal agency information sources (colleagues, technical experts, and resource advisors) and are more likely to face barriers in their ability to access and use relevant information (lack of time, funding, and personnel) than problems with the quality or availability of data. Information accessibility and applicability are important to managers when deciding which information sources to use. Managers frequently access research provided by US Forest Service Research and Development specialists and university scientists through various publications, the Internet, and direct communication with scientists. Understanding the types of information fire managers need, the sources they access for information, and the barriers they face in obtaining and using information may lead to improved fire science and its dissemination, as well as more effective and efficient fire management.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-07-01
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