Fuel treatments at the wildland-urban interface: Common concerns in diverse regions

Gregory J. Winter, Christine Vogt, Jeremy S. Fried

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-22
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume100
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

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wildland-urban interface
fuels (fire ecology)
focus groups
land ownership
fire history
landownership
fire regime
psychology
prescribed burning
socioeconomics
interviews
managers
land use
history

Keywords

  • Fire
  • Public relations
  • Social science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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Fuel treatments at the wildland-urban interface : Common concerns in diverse regions. / Winter, Gregory J.; Vogt, Christine; Fried, Jeremy S.

In: Journal of Forestry, Vol. 100, No. 1, 01.2002, p. 15-22.

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Winter, Gregory J. ; Vogt, Christine ; Fried, Jeremy S. / Fuel treatments at the wildland-urban interface : Common concerns in diverse regions. In: Journal of Forestry. 2002 ; Vol. 100, No. 1. pp. 15-22.
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