U.S. Joint Fire Science Program


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Fire Science Brief, Issue 102, April 2010


US government work.


This study compared citizen responses to surveys in 2002 and 2008 about fuels reduction programs by federal land management agencies. The researchers attempted to identify factors that influence public opinion and promote citizen support for agency actions. The study design allowed comparisons over time among individuals and in seven locations in the Midwest and western U.S. The researchers found key commonalities and differences in responses among sites. They identified important fire-related activities (e.g., signifi cant fires, fuel treatments, formation of citizen groups, community wildfi re protection planning) at each location in the years between the two surveys to understand what effect the activities may have had on survey responses. The research team also examined more recent concerns expressed by managers since the initial 2002 studies.