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Title: Residents' responses to wildland fire programs: a review of cognitive and behavioral studies
Author: Absher, James D.; Vaske, Jerry J.; Shelby, Lori B.;
Source: Proceedings of the International Bushfire Research Conference: Fire, Environment and Society. Adelaide, South Australia. 20 p.
Publication Series: Other
Description: During the past 8 years the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station, in cooperation with Colorado State University has conducted 4 research projects aimed at developing a theoretical and practical understanding of homeowners’ attitudes and behaviors in the Wildland Urban Interface in relation to the threat from wildland fires. Initial work focused on constructing models that measured: (1) value orientations (patterns of basic beliefs) toward natural processes, (2) attitudes toward wildland fire polices, and (3) behavioral intentions to adopt defensible space activities or support agency policies / actions. Collectively, this work has resulted in numerous journal articles, conference presentations, proceedings, a book chapter, and other reports. This article: (1) reviews some of the key findings from these studies, (2) highlights the practical consequences of adopting a theory-based approach to understanding wildland fire management in urbanized areas, and (3) suggests strategies for successful Firesafe programs.
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Absher, James D.; Vaske, Jerry J.; Shelby, Lori B. 2009. Residents' responses to wildland fire programs: a review of cognitive and behavioral studies. Proceedings of the International Bushfire Research Conference: Fire, Environment and Society. Adelaide, South Australia. 20 p.
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