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Using focus groups to involve citizens in resource management - investigating perceptions of smoke as a barrier to prescribed forest burning

Author(s): Brad R. Weisshaupt, Matthew S. Carroll, Keith A. Blatner, Pamela J. Jakes
Year Published: 2006
Description:

Participants in a series of focus groups discussed how their tolerance for smoke varied by the source of the smoke and found their opinions changing as they talked with other participants. Even those opposed to smoke from agricultural burning eventually found smoke from prescribed forest burning would be acceptable under appropriate circumstances. Observations of the development of smoke acceptance among participants suggest the focus group process itself could be a useful tool for managers wishing to engage communities in collaborative efforts to plan and implement fuels management projects in the wildland-urban interface.

Citation: Weisshaupt, Brad R.; Carroll, Matthew S.; Blatner, Keith A.; Jakes, Pamela J. 2006. Using focus groups to involve citizens in resource management- investigating perceptions of smoke as a barrier to prescribed forest burning. In: McCaffrey, Sarah M., ed. The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-GTR-1. Newtown Square, PA: USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station. p. 177-186
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Fire Effects, Ecological - First Order, Management Approaches, Smoke & Air Quality, Smoke & Populations, Smoke Monitoring, Air Quality
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11214
FRAMES RCS number: 8399
Record updated: Sep 8, 2020