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Project ID: 05-3-2-04

Year: 2005

Date Started: 07/14/2005

Date Completed: 08/25/2009

Title: Minority Landowner Response to State-Sponsored Wildfire Mitigation Policy in the Southern Black Belt

Project Proposal Abstract: This project addresses Task 2 of the Joint Fire Sciences 2005-3 research program. The project focuses on African American forestland owners in the Black Belt region of the South to assess their awareness and responsiveness to state-level wildfire mitigation policies and incentives. This is an underserved landowner group that federal and state agencies are striving to contact with outreach programs; but little information exists on these constituents. Personal interviews will be collected in contiguous Black Belt counties spanning nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Specific data elicited will be landowner knowledge of wildfire mitigation tactics, implementation of mitigation practices, and source of information about wildfire mitigation. Project findings will be delivered to both federal and state forestry agencies, local and regional grassroots organizations advocating for black land retention and environmental justice, and to congressional representatives investigating black land loss.

Principal Investigator: Cassandra Y. Johnson

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Athens GA

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Federal Cooperator

Cassandra Y. Johnson

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Athens GA

Federal Fiscal Representative

Kari Vasenden

Forest Service

SRS-Southern Research Station

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("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.")

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