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Project ID: 99-1-2-08

Year: 2000

Date Started: 10/20/1999

Date Completed: 07/01/2005

Title: Evaluating Public Responses to Wildland Fuels Management: Factors that Influence Acceptance of Practices and Decision Processes

Project Proposal Abstract: This study is designed to evaluate the public's understanding and acceptance of different wildland fuel treatments in federal forest and rangeland settings. Specifically, its purpose is to 1) identify the factors that influenee the acceptability of fuels reduction strategies and decision processes, 2) examine citizens' understanding of and preferences for necessary tradeoffs among management alternatives, and 3) measure public confidence in resource agencies for effective implementation of these practices. A central component of the study is inclusion of Joint Fire Science Program partners in fine-tuning the research design and interpreting our findings in the context of state-of-the-art fuels management programs for particular regions of the U.S. The research design will employ a three-tier sampling methodology to fully address the national significance of wildland fuels and examine the regional strategies implemented (or proposed) by JFSP cooperators. This project incorporates a) a national study to assess the knowledge, information needs, attitudes, and preferences among the general population, b) a network of six regional studies with more affected publics to measure preferences for and the effectiveness of fuels reduction programs, evaluate forms of information exchange including which delivery systems are most useful, and assess citizen-agency interactions for reaching supportable decisions, and c) a series of panel studies in which subsets of the regional samples are exposed to outreach activities (e.g site visits, video messages) where they examine localized practices and conditions and complete a survey about their observations. This final research protocol will utilize a pre-test, post-test design to measure the influence of a treatment on people's judgments. Collectively, these studies will also focus on the relevance of different sociodemographic characteristics (e.g. urban/rural reside, group membership, level of activism, education, economic livelihood, knowledge of management practices) in the formation of citizens' attitudes and their participation in decision processes.

Principal Investigator: Bruce A. Shindler

Agency/Organization: Oregon State University

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Mark W. Brunson

Utah State University

Department of Environment & Society


Mark Boche

Forest Service

Region 9-Eastern Region


Jessie Duhnkrack

NPS-National Park Service

Rocky Mountain National Park


Susan Kett

Forest Service

Osceola NF-Osceola Ranger District


Laurie Perrett

Forest Service

Region 6-Pacific Northwest Region


Skippy Reeves

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Okefenokee NWR


Teresa Rigby

BLM-Bureau of Land Management

Salt Lake Field Office


Ronnie Shell

FWS-Fish and Wildlife Service

Piedmont NWR


Brian Tandy

Forest Service

Deschutes NF-Sisters Ranger District

Federal Cooperator

Edward E. Starkey

USGS-Geological Survey

FRESC-Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Project Locations





Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern Rockies



There are no project locations identified for this project.

Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
view or print   1743 Government Publication Fire Conditions on Public Forests & Rangelands: A National Survey of Citizens-Summary Frequency Distributions
    3175 Journal Article Fire Conditions on Public Forests & Rangelands - A National Survey of Citizens
  go to website 98 Website Web Site that includes Project Description, Methods and Study Sites, files and links to other related information
    181 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Criteria Based Model for Implementing Public Communication Strategies that Meet Research and Management Objectives
    183 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Regional Surveys
    2470 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Taking the Heat Out of Prescribed Burning
    2471 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Research Strategies for Social Science in Wildland Fire
    2472 Invited Paper/Presentation Community Partnerships for Wildland Fire Management
    2473 Invited Paper/Presentation Communicating the Wildland Fire Message
    2474 Invited Paper/Presentation Communication Strategies for Fire Management: Creating Effective Citizen Agency Partnerships
    2475 Invited Paper/Presentation Communicating Strategies for Fuel Management
    6739 Training Session Public Communication Strategies for Fire Management and Fuel Management
    6591 Field Demonstration/Tour Fuels Reduction Demonstration Project

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