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Project ID: 99-1-2-10

Year: 1999

Date Started: 09/10/1999

Date Completed: 07/11/2005

Title: Demographic and Geographic Approaches to Predicting Public Acceptance of Fuel Management at the Wildland-Urban Interface

Project Proposal Abstract: Using focus group interviews with community leaders, wildfire experts, and interested publics, a conceptual model of the process by which people evaluate the acceptability of fuel management approaches such as prescribed fire will be developed. A significant outcome of the research will be a set of standardized, nationally applicable measurement scales and indicators designed to facilitate the implementation of cost-effective, local surveys of wildland-urban interface residents to assess their perceptions, understanding and support for fuel management operations. These scales and indicators will be tested by conducting surveys based on them in two communities in support of management decisions concerning fuelmanagement alternatives. Models based on demographic and geographic characteristics of survey respondents will be estimated to evaluate cost-effective approaches to predicting acceptance of fuel management. Spatial continuity of perception, understanding and acceptance will be explored to develop improved protocols for designing spatially unbiased sampling frames, evaluate the feasibility of interpolation of sample data, and to produce acceptance maps in support of targeted education and outreach intervention activities. This proposal is directly related to Task 2 of the RFP.

Principal Investigator: Jeremy S. Fried

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: PNW-RMA-Resource Monitoring & Assessment-Portland

Other Project Collaborators




Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Demetrios Gatziolis

Michigan State University

Department of Forestry

Co-Principal Investigator

Christine A. Vogt

Michigan State University

Department of Community Agriculture, Recreation & Resource Studies

Co-Principal Investigator

Gregory J. Winter

UI Architects

Research & Development


J. Keith Gilless

University of California-Berkeley

Department of Environmental Sciences-Policy & Management


Armando X. Gonzalez-Caban

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

Federal Cooperator

Jeremy S. Fried

Forest Service

PNW-RMA-Resource Monitoring & Assessment-Portland

Project Locations





Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




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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   1768 Government Publication Fire in ABC County
view or print   3157 Journal Article Society and Natural Resources
    405 Dataset (including spatial) Maps of Understanding and Acceptance for the two Phase Two Study Regions
view or print   1696 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Homeowner Acceptance of Fuel Treatments at the Wildland-Urban Interface
view or print   3303 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Understanding Public Acceptance of Fuel Treatments at the Wildland Urban Interface
view or print   3304 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Antecedents to Attitudes Toward Prescribed Burning,Mechanical Thinning and Defensible Space Fuel Reduction Techniques
view or print   3306 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Fuel Treatment at the Wildland-Urban Interface: No Shortcuts to Predicting Social Acceptance
  go to website 3307 Website  
view or print   3309 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Common Factors Affecting the Social Acceptance of Fuel Management Techniques
    3310 Invited Paper/Presentation Common Factors Affecting the Social Acceptance of Fuel Management Techniques
view or print   3311 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Predicting Social Acceptance of Fuel-Treatments: You Have to Ask, They Have to Trust
    3312 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Economic Dependency on a National Forest and Fuel Management Views
    3313 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Professional Development for Outdoor Recreation Management
    6771 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Community Views of Fuels Management: Are National Forest Local Recreation Users More Supportive?
view or print   6241 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Predicting Public Acceptance of Fuel Management at the Lake States Forest Interface
    5350 Computer Model/Software/Algorithm Predictive Model of Acceptance, Based on Geographic and Demographic Characteristics, for the two Phase Two Study Regions
view or print   7223 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Demographic and Geographic Approaches to Predicting Public Acceptance of Fuel Management at the Wildland-Urban Interface

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