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Keyword: Values

A social science method for public engagement in the context of natural resource planning in the United States

Publications Posted on: November 17, 2021
The application of scientifically rigorous public engagement approaches is lacking. In this context, we present a “social vulnerability protocol” which has now been applied in several broad-scale planning efforts. The protocol aims to understand the multitude of relationships that people have with public land through a prioritization of ecosystem services and a selection of relevant drivers of change.

Wilderness uses, users, values, and management

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
This chapter is a compendium of six papers written to add further depth to our national assessment of Wilderness, begun with the previous chapter. The first three papers summarize research and experience about the identity of Wilderness users and how Wilderness is used, use of Wilderness for personal growth, and changes of Wilderness values.

Choices in the face of uncertainty: Study points to thresholds and framing as major influencing factors

Science Spotlights Posted on: May 05, 2017
A new paper in the journal Climatic Change highlights human incentives for positive change in uncertain situations. The research shows that humans will take collective action to address a common problem if the problem, the amount of action needed to address the problem, and the potential consequences of not solving the problem are framed appropriately.

Survey results of the American public's values, objectives, beliefs, and attitudes regarding forests and grasslands: A technical document supporting the 2000 USDA Forest Service RPA Assessment

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The USDA Forest Service completed its Strategic Plan (2000 Revision) in October 2000. The goals and objectives included in the Plan were developed with input from the public, some of which was obtained through a telephone survey. We report results of the survey.

Economic, social, and cultural aspects of livestock ranching on the Española and Canjilon Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests: a pilot study

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
The ranches of northern New Mexico, composed of land and livestock, are integral components of family and community life. This pilot study examines current economic, social, and cultural aspects of livestock operations owned by ranchers with Federal grazing permits (permittees) on the Canjilon and Española Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests.

Preference uncertainty, preference learning, and paired comparison experiments

Publications Posted on: May 19, 2015
Results from paired comparison experiments suggest that as respondents progress through a sequence of binary choices they become more consistent, apparently fine-tuning their preferences. Consistency may be indicated by the variance of the estimated valuation distribution measured by the error term in the random utility model.

Social, cultural, and economic aspects of livestock ranching on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests

Publications Posted on: May 16, 2012
We examined the cultural, social, and economic aspects of livestock operations of ranchers who have Federal grazing permits (called permittees) on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests of northern New Mexico.

Planned diversity: The case for a system with several types of wilderness

Publications Posted on: October 05, 2011
Although the U.S. Wilderness Act of 1964 legally designated only one type of wilderness, the full array of wilderness values might be better protected by setting aside several important and different types of wilderness. Wilderness serves many different needs, having multiple and varied values and purposes (Cordell et al. 2005).

Optimal fire and fuels management

Publications Posted on: April 30, 2009
Record suppression costs have led to a multitude of fire cost reviews and cost studies by oversight agencies, and new rules and regulations. One of the most important and elusive issues in fire management is defining the "best" amount of fuel treatments to apply to a forested landscape. Research is developing tools and information that address a wide variety of issues related to fire suppression costs and fuels management.

Assess and enhance public trust

Publications Posted on: April 30, 2009
Trust is a form of social capital, facilitating effective land management, communication and collaboration. Although trust in the Forest Service is at least moderately high for most publics, evidence of a lack of trust and outright distrust has been found in some communities. However, the amount, types, and conditions of trust necessary for effective management to occur remain poorly understood.