Title: Characteristics people consider when evaluating forest landscape attractiveness: fuel management implications
Author: Merrick, Melinda; Vining, Joanne;
Source: In: McCaffrey, S.M., tech. ed. The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 63-75.
Publication Series: Other
Description: In this study, we were able to gain a better understanding of which elements people observe when they are making decisions about the relative attractiveness of a forest. Of primary consideration to participants were the specific characteristics of the vegetation, especially forest health, and the experiential potential for the forest scenes. Participants fairly often considered human/environment interactions and understory characteristics. By understanding these elements, forest managers can consider the importance of people?s perceptions of forest attractiveness when implementing strategies for fuel management. The identification of elements people consider important in forested environments can lead to a more productive relationship between forest managers and the general public.
Keywords: communication, fuels treatments, defensible space, wildfire management, social acceptance, education, wildland urban interface
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, firstname.lastname@example.org if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
XML: View XML
Merrick, Melinda; Vining, Joanne 2006. Characteristics people consider when evaluating forest landscape attractiveness: fuel management implications. In: McCaffrey, S.M., tech. ed. The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-1. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 63-75.
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility