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Acceptability norms toward fire management in three national forests

Author(s): Katie Kneeshaw, Jerry J. Vaske, Alan D. Bright, James D. Absher
Year Published: 2004

Norm theory offers a paradigm for understanding why the public judges management actions acceptable or unacceptable. This study assesses normative beliefs about acceptable wildland fire management. The acceptability of three fire management actions for eight scenarios was examined. The scenarios varied by fire origin and fire impact on air quality, private property, forest recovery, and outdoor recreation. The data were obtained from a mail survey of visitors to three national forests: (a) Arapaho-Roosevelt, Colorado (n = 469), (b) Mt. Baker–Snoqualmie,Washington (n = 498), and (b) San Bernardino, California (n = 321). Results of a mixed design ANOVA indicated that the acceptability of wildland fire management actions but did not reveal substantive differences in normative agreement between forests.

Citation: Kneeshaw K, Vaske JJ, Bright AD, and Absher JD. 2004. Acceptability norms toward fire management in three national forests. Environment and Behavior 36 (4): 592-612. DOI: 10.1177/0013916503259510
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Public Perspectives of Fire Management, Management Approaches
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 21726
Record updated: Aug 12, 2020