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The mitigated neighborhood: exploring homeowner associations' role in resident wildfire-mitigation actions

Author(s): Eric Steffey, Megha Budruk, Christine A. Vogt
Year Published: 2020
Description:

Considerable research has explored homeowner wildfire-mitigation efforts identifying many salient factors that help predict acceptance and behaviors. A growing body of literature is unlocking the dynamics of formal associations’ roles in promoting fire adapted communities. This mixed-method study adds to the research by using a planned behavior theoretical lens, to explore homeowner associations’ (HOAs’) role in resident wildfire mitigation. Through HOA key informant interviews and a survey study of a Western midsized city, our results show that HOAs have a significant impact by providing important information linkages and reducing barriers to completing home mitigation. Most importantly, HOAs act as a neighborhood champion, taking on time-consuming tasks involved in becoming and maintaining a Firewise USA® community status. Many non-HOA neighborhoods lack the capacity to take on such tasks limiting their access to benefits provided by the designation. We take these results and propose avenues to engaging non-HOA neighborhoods.

Citation: Steffey, Eric; Budruk, Megha; Vogt, Christine. 2020. The mitigated neighborhood: exploring homeowner associations' role in resident wildfire-mitigation actions. Journal of Forestry 118(6):613-624. https://doi.org/10.1093/jofore/fvaa019
Topic(s): Risk, Wildland Urban Interface
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 22326
FRAMES RCS number: 61187
Record updated: Dec 8, 2020