COLORADO — Rocky Mountain Research Station Research Forester Dr. Sarah McCaffrey is the winner of the 2017 Outstanding Editor Award from the International Journal of Wildland Fire. Dr. McCaffrey has been a member of the editorial board since 2012 and was rewarded for her excellent service as Associate Editor and recognized for her significant contributions to a 2015 Special Section titled: “The Role of Social Science in the Governance and Management of Wildland Fire.”
As a USDA Forest Service Research Forester, Dr. McCaffrey focuses on the human aspects of fire management, examining social issues that occur during and after fires, including homeowner evacuation decision making, and the long term health impacts of exposure to wildfire. Some of her past work includes projects examining risk perception and defensible space, as well as effective communication between agencies and communities during a wildfire event.
She is currently working on a National Fire Plan grant examining the social acceptability of fuels treatment methods and is part of the Fuels Planning synthesis project, a national effort to synthesize current scientific knowledge on fuels treatments from both the ecological and social perspectives and provide it to managers in an accessible format.