The Mitigated Neighborhood: Exploring Homeowner Associations' Role in Resident Wildfire-Mitigation Actions

Eric Steffey, Megha Budruk, Christine Vogt

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Abstract

Abstract Considerable research has explored homeowner wildfire-mitigation efforts identifying many salient factors that help predict acceptance and behaviors. A growing body of literature is unlocking the dynamics of formal associations' roles in promoting fire adapted communities. This mixed-method study adds to the research by using a planned behavior theoretical lens, to explore homeowner associations' (HOAs') role in resident wildfire mitigation. Through HOA key informant interviews and a survey study of a Western midsized city, our results show that HOAs have a significant impact by providing important information linkages and reducing barriers to completing home mitigation. Most importantly, HOAs act as a neighborhood champion, taking on time-consuming tasks involved in becoming and maintaining a Firewise USA® community status. Many non-HOA neighborhoods lack the capacity to take on such tasks limiting their access to benefits provided by the designation. We take these results and propose avenues to engaging non-HOA neighborhoods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-624
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume118
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

Keywords

  • WUI
  • homeowner
  • theory of planned behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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