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Project ID: 12-2-01-59

Year: 2013

Date Started: 01/01/2013

Ending Date:  05/31/2015

Title: Managing Multi-Functional Landscapes at the Interface of Public Forests and Private Land: Advancing Understanding Through a Comparison of Experience in U.S. and Australia

Project Proposal Abstract: Fire and fuels reduction are completed within a complex context. This is particularly true at the interface of public and private lands where management is often closely scrutinized by stakeholders. In these settings, private and public land managers typically seek to achieve multiple objectives including hazard reduction, ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, commodity production, and the provision of recreation opportunities. While these objectives may be complementary, in many cases they involve tradeoffs that are contested by stakeholders. Increased subdivision of rural lands and climate change are two important factors further complicating fire management in these areas. At the same time, these contemporary trends represent an opportunity to improve stakeholder engagement in decision-making. However, limited research is available to support fire management within the context of ecological and social change. The proposed study will address this gap by describing the cognitive models used by public and private land managers and ecological scientists to conceptualize the social-ecological systems at the public/private land interface; identifying the extent these mental models shape stakeholder responses, including management actions; and assessing the efficacy of scenario planning as a way to reach agreement on desired future conditions and preferred policy and management actions.

Principal Investigator: Eric L. Toman

Agency/Organization: Ohio State University

Branch or Dept: School of Environment & Natural Resources-Columbus

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Laura A. Finch

Ohio State University

Office of Sponsored Programs

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Laura A. Finch

Ohio State University

Office of Sponsored Programs

Co-Principal Investigator

Hannah B. Brenkert-Smith

University of Colorado-Boulder

Institute of Behavioral Science

Co-Principal Investigator

Allan L. Curtis

Charles Sturt University

Institute for Land, Water and Society

Co-Principal Investigator

Emily A. Sharp

Charles Sturt University

Institute for Land, Water and Society

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