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Project ID: 01C-3-3-17

Year: 2003

Date Started: 07/29/2003

Date Completed: 05/30/2007

Title: Evaluation Communication Strategies and Local Partnerships: Methods for Reducing Fuels, Sharing Responsibility, and Building Trust

Project Proposal Abstract: This study is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of TFSP agency communication strategies and partnerships with local organizations for fuel reduction programs. Research will be at the community level where federal fire personnel have begun to work cooperatively with local jurisdictions and citizen groups to gain acceptance for agency programs and build joint responsibility for fire management activities. Specifically, we will 1) identify partnership arrangements and public outreach programs that hold promise as relatively new or innovative techniques; 2) establish cooperative relationships with agency personnel and local partners to allow for monitoring and evaluation of communication activities; 3) design and implement measures to assess program effectiveness and outcomes in each setting, including the components that lead to more successful communication among partners, that result in projects being completed on the ground, and those that build trust between agencies and their communities; 4) develop a model for implementing public communication strategies that meet management objectives, and 5) conduct an interactive workshop in each community to discuss findings and implications with fire management and outreach personnel and other project partners. Thus far, objectives l&2 are substantially developed (see accompanying letters from potential JSFP and community partners). Project design will include different outreach formats in fire-prone communities, input from federal and local cooperators to ensure that selected research variables are relevant and timely, and a triangulation of quantitative and qualitative research methods (surveys, focus groups, and interviews) that allow for data collection and comparisons across settings. Study findings will address Task I by evaluating the influences of demonstration sites on citizen understanding and acceptance of fuels management; Task 2 by assessing public judgments of fuel treatments and the impacts of communication and partnerships on support; and Task 3 by assessing the usefulness of various information sources, which elements make a difference in altering attitudes, and which gaps need to be filled for better communication among stakeholders.

Principal Investigator: Bruce A. Shindler

Agency/Organization: Oregon State University

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society

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Co-Principal Investigator

Eric L. Toman

Ohio State University

School of Environment & Natural Resources-Columbus

Federal Cooperator

Edward E. Starkey

USGS-Geological Survey

FRESC-Forest & Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network




Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies




Southern Rockies



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Project Deliverables

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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.")

  ID Type Title
    83 Book Public Acceptance of Wildland Fire Conditions and Fuel Reduction Practices: Challenges for Federal Managers
    44 Book Communication Strategies for Fire Management: A Video-Based Program for Creating Effective Citizen-Agency Partnerships
    65 Ph.D. Dissertation Communicating the wildland fire message: an investigation of agency ouutreach strategies--Eric Toman
    1670 Government Publication Federal forest management after large wildfires: a survey of citizens in three regions
    1149 Government Publication A practical guide to citizen-agency partnerships: public outreach strategies for fire and fuel management
view or print   1150 Government Publication Post-Fire Communication: The Influence of Site Visits on Public Support
    1165 Government Publication Digital video as a training tool for fire managers
    1140 Government Publication Wildland fire and fuels management: principals for effective communication
    1370 Government Publication Communication strategies for fire management: creating effective citizen-agency partnerships
    3051 Journal Article Wildland fire and fuel management: principles for effective communication
    3052 Journal Article Post-fire communications: the influence of site visits on local support
view or print   3053 Journal Article Citizen-Agency Interactions in Planning and Decisionmaking After Large Fires
    3146 Journal Article Communication Strategies for Post-Fire Planning: Lessons Learned from Forest Communities
    2659 Journal Article Digital video in the classroom: communication skills for future resource professionals
    2762 Journal Article Prescribed fire: the influence of site visits and citizen attitudes
    3320 Journal Article Fire and fuel management communication strategies: citizen evaluations of agency outreach programs
    3324 Journal Article Value orientation and forest management: the forest health debate
    195 MS Thesis Using Digital Video Techniques as a Tech Ttransfer Tool: Building Communication Strategies for Fire Management (R. Gordon)
    49 Book or Book Chapter Communication Strategies for Fire Management: A Video-Based Program for Creating Effective Citizen-Agency Partnerships
    301 Invited Paper/Presentation Wildland Fire Study: Fuels Management and Information Programs; A Survey of Visitors to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
    219 Invited Paper/Presentation Citizen Bus Tour of the B&B Complex Fire; Sisters Ranger District, Deschutes NF, Fall 2003.
    5806 Book or Book Chapter Public Acceptance of Wildland Fire Conditions and Fuel Reduction Practices: Challenges for Federal Managers
    7245 Invited Paper/Presentation Interactive workshop at each research sire with agency and community partners to examine research findings, interpret results and discuss their application

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