Stephen F. McCool, George H. Stankey
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Fire Communication & Education
Public Perspectives of Fire Management
Fire & Wilderness

NRFSN number: 11962
FRAMES RCS Number: 14142
Record updated: October 12, 2017

Visitors to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, MT, were asked about their knowledge of fire effects and attitudes toward fire management in wilderness settings. In comparison to a similar 1971 study, visitors were more knowledgeable about fire effects and more supportive of fire management rather than fire suppression. About half the visitors felt that manager-ignited fires would be beneficial to wilderness, about 16 percent felt these fires would be detrimental, and about one-third were unsure.


McCool, Stephen F.; Stankey, George H. 1985. Visitor attitudes toward wilderness fire management policy - 1971-84. Res. Pap. INT-RP-357. Ogden, UT: USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station. 7 p.

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